Pygmy Chafer Beetle (Strigoderma pygmaea)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Pygmy Chafer Beetle (Strigoderma pygmaea)

I’m thinking this tiny coleoptera is there to munch on the seeds of the spent Bidens alba. Possibly mom nature keeping things in balance so not as many seeds are spread?

Family Scarabaeidae – Scarab Beetles
Subfamily Rutelinae – Shining Leaf Chafers
Tribe Anomalini

Adults in the Subfamily Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers) feed on foliage and fruit. Larvae feed on roots and decaying vegetation. http://bugguide.net/node/view/12432

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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