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Leaf beetle - Lema trabeata

Leaf beetle - Lema trabeata
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
June 29, 2008

Moved from Leaf Beetles.

leaf beetle
This is Lema trabeata and is found from peninsular Florida over to Arizona and thence down to Columbia. Host plants are mostly ground cherries (Physalis) and Datura. Very nice photo as the orange markings fade to a dull orange-brown upon death. The light elytral markings on an otherwise black insect are distinctive for this species.

thanks a lot for your time --
very enlightening

Lema sp.
may or may not be conspecific with this one -- but no :-[

You are correct.
You are correct.

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