Location: Austin, Texas
April 16, 2011 11:58 am
Hello! I found this beetle about a month ago, in mid-March, here in Austin, Texas. I was struck by its country-western look, and blogged it as a ”Cowboy Ladybug.” But do you know a more accurate title for this beautiful beetle?
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus Calligrapha. According to BugGuide, there are 38 species in North America. We believe your individual most closely resembles the Common Willow Calligrapha, Calligrapha multipunctata, based on photos on BugGuide.