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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages >Cryptocephalus confluentus melanoscelus


Scientific name: Cryptocephalus confluentus melanoscelus White
Common name: Leaf beetle
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Chrysomeloidea
    Family Chrysomelidae

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What it looks like: 4.5 to 6.0 mm in length. Its dorsal (top) side is shiny and most of its ventral side has short, sparse, whitish hairs. The pronotum has a light orange color with black markings and the elytra are creamy yellow to very light orange. Each elytron has thick, longitudinal black stripes. The legs are brownish to black.

Where you'll find it: In the literature this beetle has only previously been reported from San Mateo County, California. It can also be found in Santa Barbara County.

Natural History: These beetles feed on plants like coyote brush, yellow rabbitbrush, sticky snakeweed, and sagebrush.

This page was written by Vanessa Gamero, a 2005 participant in the Quasars to Sea Stars teen program.

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