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Harlequin beetle ?? - Murgantia histrionica

Harlequin beetle ?? - Murgantia histrionica
Manteca, San joaquin County, California, USA
August 22, 2007
Size: 1/2"
This guy was among Milkweed beetles on a dry weed . I only spotted one of his kind as opposed to many of the Milkweed fellows . I have never seen this shape of beetle body . I really don't know if he is a Harlequin or not , but would love to find out . Thankyou for any comments , Beth .... the shutterbug

here is what a Harle*quin Bee*tle looks like. They live in South America.

Harlequin bug, actually.
Apparently, those in California are a bit more black than many others. Have a look at what the nymphs look like, as you'll probably be seeing them, too.

I haven't seen any on milkweed, but many on bush sunflowers.

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