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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Cryptocephalus sanguinicollis sanguinicollis


Scientific name: Cryptocephalus sanguinicollis sanguinicollis Suffrian
Common name: Leaf beetle
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Chrysomeloidea
    Family Chrysomelidae

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What it looks like: 3.2 to 4.9 mm in length. Its pronotum is orange to light or deep red. The elytra are dark brown to (usually) black with eight rows of punctures on each elytron.

Where you'll find it: This beetle can be found in much of the western U.S. including, in California, Stanislaus, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties.

Natural History: These leaf beetles live and feed on willow, blackberries, roses, strawberries, wild licorice and prunes.

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

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