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Free images - Beetles - Calligrapha 

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Beetles that are in the Chrysomelidae Family, of which there are more than 35,000 species, are known as “leaf beetles”.  As their name indicates, they are leaf-eating beetles loving vegetation.  Some species are considered agricultural pests.  

One genus within the Chrysomelidae Family is the Calligrapha. These beetles have antennae that are about ˝ their body length of less.  They have beautiful markings that resemble hieroglyphics and often have a metallic coloured sheen.  

This genus has 38 species recognized in North America, of which 30 can be found in Canada.  Species are host specific and it is important to note on what plant the species was found.

A great link for leaf beetle identification can be found at the PBase Leef Beetle gallery here.  Note:  This link will take you outside the FreeTiiuPix site.

 

Calligrapha confluens

The following calligrapha images look very similar to the Dogwood Calligrapha-Calligrapha philadelphica found on Dogwood, the Elm Calligrapha-Calligrapha scalaris found on Elm, Calligrapha suturella found on Willow trees, and Calligrapha vicina, also found on Willow.  Identification for an amateur, you see, is difficult.  Since species identification of calligrapha I have discovered should always be linked to the plant on which they are found, I am led to believe that this specimen is a Calligrapha confluens - typically found on an Alder tree.

Source:  http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Environment/NHR/Calligrapha.html

 

'calligrapha leaf beetle on alder tree ontario beige brown markings

Calligrapha confluens [Calligrapha Leaf Beetle - 1]
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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calligrapha leaf beetle on tree branch

Calligrapha confluens [Calligrapha Leaf Beetle - 2]
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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small beight brown beetle metalic ontario calligrapha confluens

Calligrapha confluens [Calligrapha Leaf Beetle - 3]
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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Calligrapha confluens leaf beetle

Calligrapha confluens [Calligrapha Leaf Beetle - 4]
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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striped dots markings metalic sheen small beetle ontario calligrapha leaf

Calligrapha confluens [Calligrapha Leaf Beetle - 5]
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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Brown beige leaf beetle mating pair

Calligrapha confluens - 6 Mating Pair
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana] in mid June, northern Ontario.

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Calligrapha confluens mating pair

Calligrapha confluens - 7 Mating Pair
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana] in mid June, northern Ontario.

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Mating pair of Calligrapha confluens brown leaf beetles

Calligrapha confluens - 8 Mating Pair
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana] in mid June, northern Ontario.

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Mating pair of Calligraph confluens leaf beetles on Speckled Alder tree

Calligrapha confluens - 9 Mating Pair
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana] in mid June, northern Ontario.

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Calligrapha Alni

Some Calligrapha are be found on only one species of tree such as this one found on an Alder [Alnus incana rugosa].  Photographed in Northern Ontario photographic identification indicates this to be a "Russet Alder Leaf Beetle"  [Calligrapha Alni].  Notice that it is darker and more reddish in colour that the Leaf Beetle above.  

 

 calligrapha alni leaf beetle rust red brown markings

Calligrapha Alni "Russet Alder Leaf Beetle" - 1
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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russet alder leaf beetle calligrapha alni brown rust red black ontario

Calligrapha Alni "Russet Alder Leaf Beetle" - 2
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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Calligrapha Alni on Speckled Alder tree

Calligrapha Alni "Russet Alder Leaf Beetle" - 3
Photographed on Speckled Alder [Alnus incana]

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

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Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

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