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Eight-spotted flea beetle

Omophoita cyanipennis cyanipennis


I saw this beetle this morning (10:20 am) on a Jujube plant in my yard. It has a Black elytra, with eight black spots also on the elytra. Has an orange thorax, with a black and white head. The main feature that differs Omophoita cyanipennis cyanipennis from Omophoita cyanipennis octomaculata, is that Omophoita cyanipennis octomaculata has a pinkish thorax, while Omophoita cyanipennis cyanipennis has a orange/red color. This beetle is found in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and North America.


In my garden, around 10:20 am. Was originally resting on a pink four o' clock plant, but later jumped and flew to the other side of the yard, into a jujube plant. Sub-suburban habitat, around many plants, and some common oak, and crape myrtle trees.


These types of beetles are called flea beetles, due to the way they jump using their back legs (like fleas) to escape predators. There are two sub-species associated with this species.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 5, 2020
Submitted on Jul 5, 2020

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