What is this beetle?

erdolphin(7 VA)July 31, 2006

I have found an orange beetle with huge black dots on it, similar to lady bugs but about 1/2" around. I can't find anything about it on the web. The only plants it eats are my Joe Pye Weeds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beetle pic

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Looks kinda like the swamp milkweed leaf beetle, but am not sure that they would be found on Joy Pye weed. Take a look at the attached image and you be the judge.

What kind of damage are you observing?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 4:53PM
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erdolphin(7 VA)

Eureka! You have found it!

Thanks so much. Yes, it is only found on my Joe Pye Weed and it likes the buds and blooms, although I haven't found damage there. I have observed them gnawing the leaves, tho.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 5:09PM
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