Coleoptera (Beetles)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Metallic Wood-boring Beetle (Acmaeodera pulchella)

Common names: Flat-headed Bald Cypress Sapwood Borer
Yellow-marked Buprestid beetle

adults found on maple, persimmon, oak, and a variety of flowers (bugguide)


Larval host: Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Locust (Gleditsia spp.), BALD-CYPRESS (Taxodium spp.) source:

Larval host: Yucca sp. and Eriocaulon sp.

Hosts for Adults: Opuntia sp., primrose, dandelion, Rudbechia hurta, Ceanothus americanus, Asclepias tuberosa (Chamberlin 1926:33); composite flowers (Vogt 1949:195); Coreopsis palmata, Heliopsis helianthoides, Ratibida pinnata, Rudbeckia hirta (Westcott, et al. 1979:177); Carduus nutans, Erigeron sp., Hibiscus sp., Ludwigia alternifolia, Rudbeckia missouriensis, R. triloba, Ruellia strepens (Nelson 1987:58).
Larval host: Taxodium distichum (Chamberlin 1926:33).

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLACKEYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta)



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Tumblebug Dung Beetle (Canthon sp.)

New to my buggy life list.

Family Scarabaeidae – Scarab Beetles
Subfamily Scarabaeinae – Dung Beetles
Tribe Canthonini

4 species listed on the Florida Checklist:

“dung-rollers, apparently. Adults found on dung, and sometimes on carrion.
Keying species is rather difficult from photographs.”


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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Clay-colored Leaf Beetle (Anomoea laticlavia)

Order Coleoptera – Beetles
Suborder Polyphaga – Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles
No Taxon Series Cucujiformia
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea – Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
Family Chrysomelidae – Leaf Beetles
Subfamily Cryptocephalinae – Case-bearing Leaf Beetles
Tribe Clytrini
Subtribe Clytrina

Feeds on a variety of forbs and shrubs: Lespedeza; Honey Locust, Gleditsia tricanthos; Willow, Salix; Oak, Quercus; Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana; Ragweed, Ambrosia.

larvae are myrmecophiles having an association with ants of the genus Formica.


Larva are connected with ants` nests. ( )

“The first of the three main study insects, Anomoea laticlavia (Forster), is a large (6-8 mm) yellow and black beetle (Chrysomelidae, Clytrinae), which consumes material from both immature inflorescences and young vegetative tissue. This beetle often feeds in one area of a raceme for several hours, creating a pit where many immature flowers are destroyed. Amorpha fruticosa L. (Fabaceae, false indigo) is the only other local plant on which I have observed A. laticlavia, but Dillon and Dillon (1961) report its presence on several other species, including Lespedeza spp. (Fabaceae, bush clover), Ambrosia spp.
(Asteraceae, ragweed), Ceanothus americanus L. (Rhamnaceae, Jersey tea), Gledistia triacanthos L. (Caesalpiniaceae, honey locust), and Salix spp. (Salicaceae, willow).”

(source:  Lewis, Cassandra Kasun. “The effects of habitat fragmentation on Amorpha canescens, a prairie forb, and its associated herbivores.” CHAPTER II MATERIALS AND METHODS page 7
MS (Master of Science) thesis, University of Iowa, 1999.

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Morella cerifera)


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle (Chilocorus sp. probably stigma)

Predatory.  Feeds on scale insects

Learn: includes a listing of the four species found in Florida

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food:  Scale insects, especially in trees.

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Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-horned Beetle (Eburia distincta)

Caught between the screen and the window glass, not sure how he managed that.

One of the boring coleoptera (lived up to that description ….not much of a conversationalist) 😉


“reared from cypress, but probably uses other hosts, too
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Spotless Lady Beetle larva (Cycloneda sanguinea)

This species of ladybug is native to Florida.
Diet: aphids. The larval stage may be even more beneficial than as adults since the larvae have voracious appetites. If you wash your aphids off your ornamental plants, you remove the food source for the beneficial so they will go elsewhere to reproduce. Be patient.

Keep in mind that Not all ladybugs without spots are native. Harmonia is an introduced species which can outcompete our natives, especially the species in the photo. (source:

If you buy ladybugs, check what species you are introducing. Many sold commercially are non-native species.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

a.k.a. Blood-Red Ladybird Beetle

Photos of early instar from 2018:

Photos of adult:

My take: There are Different Types of Ladybugs? (includes side by side photos to tell the exotic from our native species)