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, 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.

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6 responses

  1. Living in England I’m obviously far from an expert on American Chrysomelidae but I have seen this species referred to as a Margined Flea Beetle and a Cypress Leaf Beetle which is why for absolute clarity it’s often best to include the scientific name.


    January 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

  2. excellent


    January 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  3. Simply superb, Victor. I like the first one best, but they’re all brilliant. 🙂


    January 11, 2016 at 7:04 pm

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