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Acalymma? - Acalymma vittatum

Acalymma? - Acalymma vittatum
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
May 25, 2008
Size: ~8 mm
Looks a lot like the striped cucumber beetle, but these were feeding on nettles (Urtica).

Acalymma vittata
yes, this is Acalymma vittata. Were they really feeding on the nettles or were they just sitting on them...interesting observation

 
Well...
I confess that I didn't actually see the eating happening. The nettles were riddled with what looked like beetle holes, and these were the only bugs I could find on the plants--there were several of them crawling around, mostly hiding on the undersides of the leaves. This was along a path in the woods, and I didn't see any cucurbits around... It was getting towards dusk--would they travel some distance from food plants to congregate and spend the night?

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