Sap beetle - Brassicogethes simplipes
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
March 25, 2007
Size: 2 to 2.5 mm
Meligethes simplipes. Very common small sap beetle (Nitidulidae) in the spring. These are all over flowers here, especially on the one in the accompanying photo. These guys hop around and I thought they were flea beetles until I looked at them under a scope.
The dorsum has a slight greenish metallic color, which distinguishes this species. I've collected these from March through early June in northern Indiana.
(Flower ID'd as "Looks like Cardamine douglassii" by John & Jane Balaban.)
(Updated photo 3.II.2011)