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Green Blister Beetle? - Lytta stygica

Green Blister Beetle? - Lytta stygica
Jeffrey Pine Forest, ~8000ft, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 16, 2002
Looks like the meloid beetle Lytta stygica on Erysimum capitatum (Western Wallflower).
Can anyone confirm this ID?

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Lytta stygica
I think you're right. There is another beetle, Lytta chloris, which looks very much the same as Lytta stygica. But according to specimens I looked at, Lytta chloris occurs a bit further north, and more specifically, according to John Pinto, Lytta chloris doesn't occur south of the Tehachapi Mountains. I think your beetle then would be Lytta stygica.

 
L. stygica
Thanks, Joyce, for your input. I briefly considered L. chloris, but then decided in favor of L. stygica. The beetle I photographed lacks the orange frontal spot in the center of the head, and, as you point out, occurs north of L.A. County.
Your comments reassured me that I was on the right track; you photographed the same species, I noticed. (I very much enjoyed the artistry in some of your images)