Thursday, July 29, 2010

Red beetle

Beetle or bug? I need to learn the differences so I can better guess in the field. I spotted this little fella this morning on a zexmenia leaf andsent this image to I guessed "red bug" (there's a family of "red bugs"). Wrong! Natalie Hernandez on says "a flea beetle of some sort that has just emerged from its pupa and has not hardened yet (which is called teneral.) Its elytra will eventually harden to cover its abdomen." She said my specimen is similar to a Disonycha leptolineata.

I thought it was cool. Bright red!

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