Leaf Beetle

Different Kind of Lady Beetle?
April 25, 2012
Hi Daniel and Lisa,
This little beetle is the same size and shape as the red/orange and black-spotted ladybird beetles I usually see.  The all back head section is very different.  After checking many sites, I didn’t find anything that resembled it?  Can you help me identify it, please?
Thank you so much,
R.G. Marion
Great Smoky Mountains
East Tennessee

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Dear R.G. Marion,
Though it resembles a Lady Beetle, your creature is actually a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha.  We are not certain of the species, but you can peruse the numerous possibilities on the BugGuide website.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me.

No problem R.G.  You have been writing to us for so long.  No matter how busy we get, we always try to respond to your submissions.

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