Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle (Lebia viridis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle (Lebia viridis)

This pretty blue beetle is relatively small. Beneficial. Size in photo is deceiving (macros shot)

genus Predatory on small insects; some parasitize leaf beetle larvae (http://bugguide.net/node/view/12464)

More on predatory behavior:
http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00102043/00001/5?search=lebia (pg 16)

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00102043/00001/3

Adults minor pollination

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12464

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SALTBUSH (Baccharis sp.)

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/meet-the-beetles.html

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