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Beetles on Vetch and Rosinweed - Anomoea

Beetles on Vetch and Rosinweed - Anomoea
Junction City, 15 mi. SE, Bottomland prairie restoration, Geary/Flint Hills/Tall Grass Prairie County, Kansas, USA
June 29, 2019
These beetles appeared in great numbers tonight on a variety of plants--Fleabane, Canada Milkvetch, Illinois Bundleflower, Silphium integrifolium. Some seemed to be piercing the stems but most seemed more interested in meeting up with each other. The three pictured here are on Rosinweed (S. integrifolium).

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looks like Anomoea flavokansiensis

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Thank you!
Thank you so much! I think you must be right! I looked up A. flavokansiensis, and legumes are their food plant. I found another batch of them tonight, and this time they were definitely eating--and they were on Illinois Bundleflower, a legume. They were also flying around and landing on other plants, but they were definitely concentrating on I.B.F., where they were munching, sometimes while mating. Their jaws are huge when they open them up!

 
I found yet another bunch ton
I found yet another bunch tonight, this group also on Illinois Bundleflower (a legume). Thanks again for your help!

 
You're welcome :-)
You might want to move your photos to the Beetles section where you might have a better chance of getting the ID confirmed

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