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Ragweed Leaf beetle (<em>Zygogramma suturalis</em>) on Beggarticks
25-AUG-2011 Christine Hanrahan

Ragweed Leaf beetle (Zygogramma suturalis) on Beggarticks

Found this handsomely black and white beetle at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. I have been looking at ragweed plants for some time hoping to see this species, and finally was rewarded. This beetle is indigenous to North America, and has been considered a bio-control agent for ragweed. However, I'm not sure how well it is able to limit the spread of ragweed as I see lots of plants wherever I go, and this is the first beetle I've found. And in fact, this was not on ragweed, but on Beggarticks (Bidens), although there was ragweed right around this plant.

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Don03-Nov-2013 20:38
Good composition; excellent macro.
Ann Pettigrew05-Sep-2011 14:45
What a handsome beetle, Christine! I haven't seen this one.
Carl Carbone26-Aug-2011 01:36
I'll have to check our ragweed "crop" Nice capture, and thanks for the info! V
janescottcumming26-Aug-2011 01:26
Excellent shot of this little beetle who looks like he has two racing stripes. V
Graeme25-Aug-2011 22:07
Excellent close up shot & information, Christine.BV
Karen Stuebing25-Aug-2011 21:57
He's very pretty. I've never seen this lovely patterned beetle but I have a lot of ragweed nearby so I'll look. V.
Tom LeRoy25-Aug-2011 21:08
Tack sharp capture of this unusual looking beetleV!
J. Scott Coile25-Aug-2011 20:44
A new one to me. Well captured.
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