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Goldenrod soldier beetle (mating)

Chauliognathus pensylvanicus


Also known as the Pennsylvania leatherwing. The color and texture of the elytra has the appearance of leather. As a defensive maneuver they are capable of secreting a foul chemical from glands near the tip of the abdomen. This beetle is a great pollinator and controls aphids.


Spotted on milkweed at a roadside meadow at Mount Magazine State Park.

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Arkansas, USA

Lat: 35.17, Long: -93.64

Spotted on Sep 13, 2018
Submitted on Sep 29, 2018

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