Subject: Black striped beetle
Geographic location of the bug: North San Diego County, CA
Time: 03:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This guy was sitting on a stucco wall, then moved to the pavement. Any idea what he/she is? He/she was about an inch long.
How you want your letter signed: Sarah L
Thanks for resending your images. We are currently undergoing some technical difficulties. This is a Diaprepes Root Weevil and according to BugGuide: “Native to the Caribbean, adventive and established in so. US: so. & central FL (1964), so. TX (Cameron & Hidalgo Cos 2000, Corpus Christi 2005, Houston 2009;), so. CA (2005), LA (2008); further north in greenhouses.” BugGuide also notes: “highly polyphagous; larvae feed on roots, adults on foliage of citrus trees (esp. oranges in TX) and almost 300 other plant species” and “Major pest of citrus crops.”
Thanks so much, Daniel! I’d never seen anything looking like that before here in Southern California. (And I’m a native!) I guess I’ll kill any others I find since I do have citrus trees.