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.
Scientific Name: Calligrapha spp
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35in to 0.47in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.