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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Lytta morrisoni


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

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What it looks like: These beetles are black with an orange or black pronotum. The frontal spot occupies about one third the space between the eyes. They can range from 12-17mm long.

Where you'll find it: These beetles are found in only a few localities in central and southern California.

Natural History: These beetles are known to be active in the mid to late spring. They are also considered a species of concern by the California Department of Fish and Game.

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

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