What is this pink and black beetle?
Location: Down East Maine – field
November 17, 2011 9:20 am
I have tried to find out – but not 100% sure – closest I could find was a Calligraphic Beetle? But the shape of his back-end is more pointed than the rounded Calligraphic Beetles I found images of on the Bug Guide website, and the black markings don’t fully match up. This beetle was definitely pink too. I would love your help:) It definitely was taking this monarch caterpillar with it!
The predator in this Food Chain drama is an Anchor Stink Bug, Stiretrus anchorago, and we identified it on BugGuide which notes: “Adults feed on the larvae of beetles, butterflies, and moths. Stiretrus anchorago is considered an economically beneficial insect, feeding on the larvae of the Mexican Bean Beetle, among other pest species.” It seems late in the season for this to occur. When was this photo taken?
The photo was taken August 8th. And thank you soooo much for getting back to me. Very exciting to know who that was in my backyard!