Possibly Leaf Beetle

Subject: Beautiful beetle
Location: California
February 21, 2015 3:04 pm
Hello again! I found this lovely iridescent beetle this morning, sitting on a leaf near one of our tiny seasonal creeks. It looks something like Chrysochus auratus, but the references I see for that species say it is found in Northeastern US, and I am in the Sierra Foothills of California (oak savannah terrain). Can you help me identify this one?
Signature: Megan Ralph

Possibly Leaf Beetle
Possibly Leaf Beetle

Dear Megan,
This is not a Dogbane Leaf Beetle, but we believe your metallic beetle is also a member of the Leaf Beetle family Chrysomelidae.  At this time, our research has not produced a visual match.


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