A Penny for Your Beetle (Leaf beetle)

copper colored leaf beetle

A shiny, copper-colored leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) stands on a plant stem.

I have found several leaf beetles with metallic coloration or sheen, including this one that might be considered a newish penny come to life. I’ve also read remarks relative to other insects that enlarged femurs indicate a species that does some kind of digging or boring, which makes me wonder if this beefy-limbed beetle also fits into that category.

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