Friday Beetle Blogging: Spotted Maize Beetle

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Astylus atromaculatus (Melyridae), Argentina
Astylus atromaculatus (Melyridae), Argentina

The spotted maize beetle Astylus atromaculatus is native to subtropical South America but has spread to warm regions in other parts of the world.  In late summer, adults congregate on flowers to mate and feed on pollen.

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photo details (all photos): Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/11-f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

8 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Spotted Maize Beetle”

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  2. YES BEETLES
    more beetles please, you cannot possibly go wrong with beetles. Roberto is such a philistine.

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