Last weekend I took a ninety minute ride over to Willcox, Arizona and while exploring a field of sunflowers came across this tiny Spotted Cucumber Beetle.
At first I didn’t notice it because they are so small. I was photographing the bees pollinating the flowers when I noticed the diminutive insects, which were about the size of a fat piece of long-grain rice.
Spotted cucumber beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), often mistaken for lady beetles, are one of over 1,700 varieties of leaf beetles in North America.
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