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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Lytta crotchi


Scientific name: Lytta crotchi (Horn)
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
    Family Meloidae

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What it looks like: These beetles are metallic green or greenish blue. They have an orange frontal spot. The pronotum is lined with black. The antennae, tibiae, and tarsi are black. The pubescence is silver or clear and make the beetle look hairy. The beetles can range from 6-10mm long.

Where you'll find it: These beetles can be found in southern coastal California. Previously known from Los Angeles County to San Diego County, they have recently been found in Santa Barbara County as well.

Natural History: The adult beetles eat California lilac and California poppy.

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

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