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Blister beetle

Zonitis bilineata

Description:

About 9-10 mm in length, orange with white elytra (wing covers) that may or may not be striped with black.

Habitat:

Strongly associated with sunflowers (Helianthus annuum) in degraded shortgrass prairie habitat with yucca, prickly-pear cacti, and scattered elm trees.

Notes:

This species is common this year, but has been scarce or absent in previous years. Specimens with all-white elytra may be freshly emerged from the pupa stage and the black stripes not yet fully expressed.

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BugEric
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BugEric

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 29, 2014
Submitted on Jul 31, 2014

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