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red & black beetle - Lilioceris cheni

red & black beetle - Lilioceris cheni
Gainesville, Paynes Prairie, Alachua County, Florida, USA
October 18, 2013

Moved tentatively, i'm sure Naomi nailed it
[at least i got the subfamily right]
this is our very first photo of this beetle -- thanks for posting it, and please keep an eye out for them, we need more images for the guide!

Moved from Lema.

Red and Black Beetle
Then Lilioceris cheni released into the U.S. for the biological control of Air Potato Vine.

ID confirmed by M.C. Thomas

Thanks so much
I was going crazy trying to find this beetle. You nailed it!!! Thank you so much.

Ron Goor

now that's a most helpful suggestion --thank you so much!
must be it

Red and Black Beetle
Looks like a Lily Leaf Beetle - lilioceris lilii

L. lilii is a northern species with red prothorax
so it's not an option here

Moved tentatively; looks like a nice Lema
any other angles, perchance? please add whatever you have on this one

Moved from ID Request.

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