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Colorado potato beetle (<em>Leptinotarsa decemlineata</em>)
31-AUG-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)

This handsome leaf beetle in the Chrysomelidae Family, is shown here feeding on a Solanum dulcamara plant. The plant is not native to North America, but the beetle is, being from Colorado and adjacnet states, originally, but spreading throughout the US wherever potatoes are grown. Bug Guide says that prior to the introduction of potatoes into many regions, it would have fed on native Solanum plants, no doubt species such as S. nigrum. You can just make out some tiny red parasitic mites on this guy.

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joseantonio31-Aug-2012 19:04
Lovely and beautiful colors...V
Jim Coffman31-Aug-2012 18:58
That is a fancy looking bug!
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