There weren’t as many ladybug photoshoot opportunities this year. The weather hasn’t been great and I was busy with other (more boring) things too. Yet, I still managed to try something new with my favoured combination of a ladybug and crocuses.
Class Insecta (Insects) 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 Eumolpinae Tribe Eumolpini Genus Chrysochus Species auratus (Dogbane Beetle) Explanation of Names Chrysochus auratus (Fabricius 1775) auratus = ‘golden’ Numbers 8-11 mm Identification Oblong shape. Shiny, iridescent. Range transcontinental (ME-WA to GA-AZ)(1) Food hosts: Apocynaceae, incl. Apocynum cannabinum and Apocynum androsaemifolium; also reported in asso. w/ common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, Asclepiadaceae) (2) Life Cycle They mate and lay eggs through the summer. They lay eggs on leaves and stems of host plants and nearby vegetation in masses of egg capsules larvae are obligate root feeders; adults eat leaves of larval host