Calligrapha Beetle (Calligrapha spp)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Calligrapha Beetle.
Updated: 2/13/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The intricate black markings on the elytra of Calligrapha Beetles resemble the delicate script usually reserved for fine stationery.
Calligrapha Beetles come in a variety of colors: red, orange, green, yellow and hues somewhere inbetween. They gleam almost like jewels. There are many species, each with a unique pattern of black markings the elytra (wing coverings). Dashes, lines, dots and curves meander with careful symmetry over both sides. They are small and round, and can fly. They are Leaf Beetles, feeding on plant tissue. It is possible for this beetle to eat all the leaves of a small plant, but older, more established plants can recover from their feeding. Young plants, however, may need population control assistance in order to survive any vigorous beetle activity. Despite this, Calligrapha Beetles are not considered a significant pest in gardens and are usually appreciated for their distinct color and motif.