Subject: Pretty beetle found on fishing pier
Geographic location of the bug: Florida
Time: 11:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this handsome gentleman hiding in-between two slabs of concrete on a marine fishing pier. He’s very pretty! What does he eat? I’m not entirely sure why’d he prefer being close to the ocean- it just doesn’t look like he belongs!
How you want your letter signed: Chance Arceneaux
We believe we have identified this Leaf Beetle as Disonycha pensylvanica thanks to this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “For the most part found near aquatic habitats” and “Normal hosts are Polygonum spp. including smartweed.”