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Eastern Spotted Cucumber Beetle    - Diabrotica undecimpunctata

Eastern Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata
Greenville, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
October 14, 2010
Size: ΒΌ"
This is the first time I've seen one in my flower gardens, which go back several years. I've never had a vegetable garden, is this a threat to flowers? It was on a Montauk Daisy.
Is it depositing eggs or eliminating waste? It ran quickly up to this area, as though it saw me, and deposited this. Then it turned around and stayed put.

Moved from ID Request.

Diabrotica undecimpunctata
Thank you for identifying this beetle and moving it to the Guide. I now understand why "howardi" is not appropriate for the insect I sent in. I have updated all three photos, eliminating "howardi".

Any thoughts on what it deposited on the flower petal?

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