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Eight-spotted flea beetle

Omophoita cyanipennis cyanipennis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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Saturniidae27
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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

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