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Calligraphy Beetle

Calligrapha amator

Description:

About the same size as a lady bug -- maybe a tiny bit bigger. I spotted a few of these while walking through the woods, but when I approached with my camera, they pulled in their legs, and dropped into the debris on the forest floor. I eventually found this one, and caught it as it dropped, and put it on my knee for these shots (that's denim in the background).

Habitat:

Maple woods.

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12 Comments

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

A great community working together. It sure is wonderful.

TKBotting
TKBotting 9 years ago

Wow, that's awesome!! We have consensus! Thanks everyone! And especially williefromwi!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago



Upon further study and looking at many more photos, I believe I need to update my ID, I have the species down, but the markings were not quite right so I kept looking and found what I believe to be an exact match, and its from your part of Canada too!!! Calligrapha amator

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Cool beetle!

TKBotting
TKBotting 9 years ago

Is it possible to rule ignota out by range?

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 9 years ago

Calligrapha sp. for sure... Could be ignota...but can we rule out amator or one in the scalaris group? I mean amator (The Ontario Calligrapha) looks remarkably similar also:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/18888

TKBotting
TKBotting 9 years ago

I think it may be the amator:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/18888/bgpa...

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

You are very welcome TKBotting

TKBotting
TKBotting 9 years ago

Perfect! Thanks williefromwi!!!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Check out my link, I believe this is an exact match to your spotting.

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Espectacular muy hermoso

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Beautiful pattern. Congrats.

TKBotting
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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 13, 2012

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