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Spotted cucumber beetle for California in February - Diabrotica undecimpunctata

Spotted cucumber beetle for California in February - Diabrotica undecimpunctata
Irvine Park, Orange, Orange County, California, USA
February 24, 2006

These antennas look a bit more slender and have a
These antennas look a bit more slender and have a lighter color at the tips. Or maybe just a sharper image. No question this is a nice focused shot!

 
Thanks; I've come a long way with these.
First shots were terrible, until the beetles and I got used to each other. Many small insects duck through the pedals, hide on the back, and can be sometimes coaxed forward with a finger. Others, like this, will walk to the end of a pedal and take off, so at least you know when they're leaving.

BTW, antennae are often important with beetles.

 
I believe Chuck Enz has said that too!
Very interesting about walking to the end of a pedal, then taking off. The "Diving board behavior". I have made the mistake of focusing on the head, and there just isn't much contrast in an all black head to start with! Your point is well made!

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