The Case of the Curious Beetle (Three Photographs)
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After looking through two massive books on insects (Evans on Beetles of North America, and Marshall’s Insects and their Natural History and Diversity) I was pretty sure this was a Systena marginalis. However, I wanted a common name. I entered the Latin name in my browser and funny things happened with new characters appearing in the search bar (must be some kind of code thing). So I tried “Systena” by itself and was taken to BugGuide.net, where lo and behold it was identified as a common leaf beetle. I have a lot of insects I hope to share but I may need more entomological help in the naming.