CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Flea Beetles (possibly Altica spp.)
Flea Beetles are Leaf beetles of the Alticini tribe. This guy is a more red metallic color than the photo depicts and I’m guessing at the genus based on the hostplant I found it on.
Although quite a pretty insect, they are a pest of ornamentals and can do noticeable damage to crape myrtle and Mexican heather, two plants not native to Florida.
Shown here on SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Gaura angustifolia) a plant that doesn’t seem to show signifcant damage from their presence. I liked his gray color eyes.