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Subject: So Cal Beetle?
Location: Sage, California (15 miles East of Temecula, CA)
July 24, 2015 4:16 pm
Hi,
We’ve found this beetle in Sage California in a sage chaparral area. It is a beetle shaped like a stink beetle and is approximately 1 to 1 1/2″ long.
They are found in groups of 1-7 on buckwheat plants.
They may have dug out of the ground and left behind a small mound of dirt (like worm castings) in a small target pattern.
We haven’t seen them for about 10 years: it last snowed here about ten years ago, and then this last winter.
Signature: Thanks, Daren

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Dear Daren,
This Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus
 Tegrodera probably has seasonal spikes in population when conditions are best to support larger populations, but we do receive at least a few requests from the Southwest each spring to early summer.  This is a later sighting than usual.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Sage, California

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