Friday Beetle Blogging: Languria Lizard Beetle

Languria sp. Lizard Beetle (Erotylidae), California

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon D60

ISO 100, f/13, 1/200 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

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Not sure which species this one is, but Languria bicolor is famous for chewing lots of little holes (at night, thus mysteriously to most people) in the leaves of Arnoglossum spp. (Asteraceae: tribe Senecioneae). Several interesting species of this genus inhabit better quality natural community remnants in eastern US.

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 10 Oct 2008 #permalink