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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Lytta chloris


Scientific name: Lytta chloris (Fall)
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
    Family Meloidae

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What it looks like: These beetles are iridescent green. The head has an orange frontal spot in the center of it. The hair or pubescence is almost completely colorless. They can range from 7-14mm long.

Where you'll find it: They are found in central California, from the coast to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Natural History: These beetles are active from early to mid spring. They also have been found parasitizing bees in the genus Anthophora.

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

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