Groundselbush Beetle Larvae (caterpillar) (Trirhabda bacharidis)

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

Larval host: Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia).

Not the most attractive as adults, but this larvae certainly is eyecatching. I have watched wasps zero in on this important resource to gather as a host for their eggs and provide food for their own larvae.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: a male saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia)



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