Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Black & White Beetle


Black and White Insect
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Evening Eric,

Found another interesting bug on my passion flower a few days back.  A small black beetle with white marking.  I think it might be a Mordella Grila oculata.

Homosassa, FL seems to have all sorsts critters for me to photograph'


Hi, Ralph:

Your images are amazing.  This is indeed a tumbling flower beetle.  It seems to match Mordella knulli the best.  Here's more:


I may have to come visit if you keep sending me such interesting insects to look at.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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