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What kind of beetle? - Calligrapha californica

What kind of beetle? - Calligrapha californica
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 17, 2007

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What kind of beetle? - Calligrapha californica What kind of beetle? - Calligrapha californica

reminds us of
Calligrapha californica in the guide here, but we haven't seen one this color. Maybe it's close and will give you a starting point to search while you await the comments of a beetle expert.

 
Calligrapha californica coreospivora or C. elegans?
could be Calligrapha elegans. Compare here: http://cedarcreek.umn.edu/insects/album/024107062ap.html
I´m getting confused though. In this pdf: http://www.canacoll.org/Coleo/Checklist/PDF%20files/CHRYSOMELIDAE.pdf
elegans is the same thing as californica and called Calligrapha californica coreospivora W.J. Brown, a subspecies of californica

 
exhausted
I've searched everywhere on the internet I can think of and I haven't come up with any more info than you have provided above. Do you know of a book I could look in to help figure this one out? It would be very exciting for me to get a new guide page for this specimen

 
better get out into the field
if you want to get a new guide page I think you better get out into the field again. There is still lots of things we´re missing. This looks to be a subspecies of Calligrapha californica. I´ve noted before the cedarcreek names are sometimes a bit outdated and probably the list from Canada is the correct one with elegans being a synonym for Calligrapha californica coreospivora. You could check they say on it in Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, and T.N. Seeno. 2003. Catalog of the leaf beetles of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae and Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 1, 290 pp. info here: http://www.coleopsoc.org/leafbeet.shtml

 
Good lead
I wouldn't be surprised if you got the right species, but I see what you mean about the colouration. Even to the naked eye, my specimen seemed to have more of an almost golden colour to it. Maybe it has only just recently pupated and still has not achieved true adult colour? We'll see what the experts say. Thanks for your help as usual!

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