Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis)

Larval host: Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia).

While not the most attractive of adult insects, the larvae (shown below) is beautiful and I have watched wasps zero in on this important resource to gather for nesting to lay their eggs and provide food for their larvae.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/77596

Larvae from December 2009:

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