Subject: Small Beetle – Highly Decorated
Geographic location of the bug: Northwest Wisconsin
Time: 11:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This beautiful beetle landed on me while walking in a mixed, mature forest near an open area that had been clearcut logged a couple years back. It’s gorgeous markings were very metallic and it happily explored my hand for awhile allowing us a great look. Neither my husband nor I had ever seen one before. Well! Wouldn’t ya know it that a week later at a beach on the Southern shore of Lake Superior there was another, though this individual did not seem as brilliant as the first.
Would love to know what it is and thank you very much for this fabulous site which my sister discovered and recommended.
How you want your letter signed: Critter-Loving Lady
Dear Critter-Loving Lady,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species. Your individual might be Calligrapha rhoda which is picture on BugGuide where it states: “host: Corylus (hazel).”