Subject: Bug in Indiana
Geographic location of the bug: Fort Wayne Indiana
Time: 02:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Here is the bug on the porch
How you want your letter signed: Fort Wayne Indiana
Thanks for submitting your image after providing several comments on a Ten Lined June Beetle posting. Interestingly, we had almost this same case of mistaken identity with our good friend Monique who believed she saw a Ten Lined June Beetle in France. Your beetle is a considerably smaller False Colorado Beetle, which can be distinguished from an actual, related Colorado Potato Beetle, because, according to BugGuide, the former has: “a brown stripe at the center of each elytron (wing cover) and on the inner edge of each elytron (where they meet down the middle) distinguish this species.” The Ten Lined June Beetle is longer, wider and considerably heavier than either of the Potato Beetles.