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Photo#72096
what is this beetle? - Megetra cancellata

what is this beetle? - Megetra cancellata
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
August 21, 2006
Size: about an inch
We seen this bug around noon time, they ate the flowers and leafs of a specific kind of plant (see next picture). They also seemed to stick to themselves. When they were rolled onto their backs, the belly was all black and they appeared to have a stinger. They were seen just south west of Albuquerque, NM.

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what is this beetle? - Megetra cancellata what is this beetle? - Megetra cancellata

Moved
Moved from Megetra.

Pretty sure this is
Megetra cancellata considering the broad reticulated pattern on the elytra.
I've also added location (county).

The plant...
is Abronia, sand verbena. Abronia fragrans is the only species known to occur in the Albuquerque area.

Looks like a blister beetle
- see genus Megetra for some similar ones.

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