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Photo#106290
Australian Tortoise Beetle - Trachymela sloanei

Australian Tortoise Beetle - Trachymela sloanei
Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, USA
April 20, 2007
Size: 3-4 mm
Found in a backyard garden in the middle of the city.

Australian Tortoise Beetle
See guide. Were there Eucalyptus trees nearby?

 
Eucalyptus
If you mean nearby in the sense of a mile or two, then yes. If you mean within sight, then no. However, it was a very windy day and the first sight of this guy was when it fell from the sky into the backyard, so it easily could have been blown in.

 
Good call!
I collected a few of these in Tucson last year. First report from here, but I'm sure it won't be the last! Eucalyptus pests are quickly catching up with the spread of the ornamental trees....

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