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caterpillar - nearby plant

caterpillar - nearby plant
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA
February 24, 2007
Here's a picture of a plant that was nearby in the mulch where the caterpillar was found.

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caterpillar caterpillar - nearby plant


Must have been quite a party!
Boy, did they trash the place. And the cucumber beetle looks really hung over.

quite a party
There were quite a few of these plants in that area in the same condition. By the number of spotted cucumber beetles I located, I would say they were the ones hosting the party.

This is a tough one...
I've seen Echinaceas with similar veins on the leaf, but without flowers to confirm, it's only a guess. Do you know what the flowers look like?

the plants
These plants were not yet flowering.

Oh, well!
I was hoping the beetle would help narrow it down, but it looks like a Banded Cucumber Beetle (the Spotted Cucumber beetle has black spots):

Apparently the Banded Cucumber Beetle eats just about anything.

Yes, the beetle in that parti
Yes, the beetle in that particular photo was a Banded Cucumber Beetle, but there were quite a few spotted cucumber beetles on the same plants. Does that or the spotless ladybird beetle help narrow it down at all?

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