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Dogbane Beetles

Dogbane beetles , Chrysochus auratus, are suddenly here, and they are hard to miss.  Look on the leaves of dogbane (also known as Indian hemp)  for this iridescent blue-green beetle with a metallic copper and crimson shine to it. The young larvae reside underground, where they eat the roots of dogbane.  When they mature into adult beetles, they climb up the plant to the leaves, which they then consume.