Wednesday, June 09, 2010

2 cute beetles

This first one is a casebearer beetle of the genus Cryptocephalus. Found on a rose bush.

I posted pictures of a similar beetle here. Possibly a different species of the same genus.

I found 3 of these little guys on the wall outside my garage this morning.

It didn't take me long to ID it as a Fuller Rose Beetle, Pantomorus cervinus.
BugGuide also lists its range as "cosmopolitan", which I guess means it's as common as dirt.

In any case, I just think it's cute. It almost looks like a tiny hamster to me. Well, sort of.
I'm not sure if the common name is an indication of this beetle's diet, but there is a row of rosebushes in my neighbor's yard, very close to my garage.

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