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Leaf Beetle

Calligrapha argus


OMG! this is the most amazing beetle I have seen in Costa Rica. It measures about 3/8" to 1/2" long. Amazing pattern!


Tropical dry forest in Nw Costa Rica 3 weeks into the rainy season

2 Species ID Suggestions

Aaron_G 9 years ago
Leaf beetle (Calligrapha beetle)
Genus Calligrapha

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30 Comments (1–25)

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thank you so much Yuko. It gives me great pride showing you the beauty of my area in Costa Rica.

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

What a beautiful beetle!

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks Adarsha!!!
De acuerdo Billo! Son fascinantes!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Great spot Larry :)

Billo-kun 8 years ago :'D ya se que no es el mismo, pero es que me gustan muchisimo estos escarabajos! fantastica fotografia!

injica 8 years ago

definitely amazing :)

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks Jason! I agree. I see so few Calligraphy beetles in my area and I just happened to see this same species this morning. Amazing!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Cool! I think Costa Rica is amazing place.. :)

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

para el gusto de ustedes!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Simplemente hermoso

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago


LarryGraziano 9 years ago

I found one other foto but I can't remember where now...sorry. I tried too find it again so that you can have another reference for your beetles.

Where did you find more photos of C. argus? I wasn't able to find any others...

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

thanks Jeannete! Anne Marie I checked out the link and various other fotos of the ARgus. None of them have the exact same color pattern. I am sure that genetic variance accounts for this difference.

Jeannette 9 years ago

Wow, beautiful :)

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Thanks Lars! Thanks Dr. Atul! Gracias Harsuame! Goody I have edited the spotting to reflect your I.D. I couldn't find a similar looking example anywhere so this will remain, for now, Calligrapha Sp.

harsuame 9 years ago

Espectacular bello

Atul 9 years ago


LarsKorb 9 years ago

Great shots, nice find.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Excellent Pics!

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba, I'll check into it. Anne I knew you would especially like this one. Thanks Gin!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Great-looking beetle. It looks like a castor-oil seed mimic except the patterns are too symmetrical and I don't know if you've got castor-oil plants growing in that area. Lovely photos ICN !

That's a beauty!

ginhunter 9 years ago

You are right....this is amazing!!

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Spotted on May 14, 2012
Submitted on May 14, 2012

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