Category Archives: Chrysomelidae



Posts will be infrequent and short as I work on other projects. So, in case you missed it before, this Dogbane leaf beetle — tired of posing — lifts its elytra and unfolds the flight […]

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Why an Iridescent Beetle?

On first glance, the Dogbane Leaf Beetle is a stunning metallic blue-green, that clearly stands out on the light-green Dogbane leaves it feeds on. However, when you look closer, you can see the highlights of […]

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

This has got to be one of the shiniest leaf beetles in Canada and I was glad to come across them this hot summers’ day when I was feeling down and dispirited. As their name suggests, […]

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Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle

  I must confess that spotting this beetle on one of our martagon lilies yesterday gave me a smile and added enough spring to my step that I could have managed the clicking-of-the-heels. This leaf […]

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Red Leaf Beetles

Found these two red leaf beetles (possibly Tricholochmaea cavicollis) enjoying the view on the fringes of the pine sandhills at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area north of Edmonton.  A natural history fail on my part, I did not […]

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Bristle Fly?

The flies in the Family Tachinidae could very well take the common name of ‘Bristle Fly’, due to the many stiff hairs that cover the abdomen of many species. My dismal April Fool’s post was indeed a Tachinid […]

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Dogwood Calligrapha

Photographed in Edmonton Saskatchewan River valley, 28 May, 2013. ID’s by V. Belov and Jesús Gómez-Zurita at BugGuide. Compare it to Calligrapha verrucosa. (Canon 5D Mk II, EF 100mm f2.8 Macro lens, hand-held Canon 270 […]

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A Willow-feeding Leaf Beetle

  This willow leaf beetle, Calligrapha verrucosa (Suffrian 1858) was found moving on the sand near a stream in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. They  feed on  the coyote willow (Salix exigua), whose habitat is best understood by […]

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