A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
I found no common name other than that applied to the family Erotylidae. This beetle is relatively small measuring less than 2 cm. The elytra is a pale yellow liberally spotted with black dots in no particular pattern. Some of the spots even overlap or run together. The pronotum is black as are the legs.
This beetle was found 2 meters off the ground feeding on a Papaya plant (Carica sp) in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador near the Peruvian border (300 masl).
It blended in with the rest of the scars on the Papaya plant, caused by the large leaves having fallen off, that I almost missed it. Some species in the Erotylidae family are significant pests, however most, including this one, are inoffensive animals of little significance to mankind. There is more about the interesting Familia Erotylidae family here (in Spanish) https://sebastianpadron.blogspot.com/201...
Spotted on Jul 21, 2011
Submitted on Mar 16, 2019