Trirhabda Beetle Larvae

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

These ravenous little larvae are also known as skeletonizing leaf beetles. They’re quite pretty with an iridescent blue that shines in the sunlight. I discovered thousands upon thousands feasting on goldenrod, and only goldenrod, in a field yesterday afternoon.

Thankfully they are not in my garden, although one did try to hitch a ride on my pants.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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