A small, but conspicuous beetle, the Six-spotted Neolema is a bit of a mystery in the world of leaf-eaters.
The Six-spotted Neolema is a leaf-eating beetle found in the eastern part of the United States. The black spot patterns on this red beetle vary slightly in individuals, but six is the number to count. Legs and antennae are black. Little is know about the diet and life history of this beetle despite its large range. Look for them on dayflowers and spiderworts.
Scientific Name: Neolema sexpunctata
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 9mm (0.23in to 0.35in)
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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.