CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis)
Larval Host: Baccharis halimifolia
Larvae and adults feed exclusively on leaves of Baccharis, acting as a biocontrol.
The coloring of the adult does not reflect the beauty of the iridescent larvae which is an important host for some species of wasps.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Blackberry (Rubus spp.) (must be slumming)