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Bug of the Week - December 26, 2012

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Bug of the Week - December 26, 2012

Here's the last insect identification challenge of 2012! Do you recognize this Bug of the Week? You know the drill. Grab a field guide or do some Googling, and when you think you have an ID, submit it as a comment to this post. I'll post the answer next Wednesday.

Last week's tiny, striped insect was the alligatorweed flea beetle, or Agasicles hygrophila. This species is exotic in the U.S., but was released intentionally as a bio-control for the invasive alligatorweed. Congratulations to Moni for identifying this one.

Photo: James A. Richmond, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org


December 27, 2012 at 11:46 am
(1) Moni says:

It is one of the tortricid moths. My guess is one of the Olethreutinae moths genus Rhyacionia lperhaps the Nantucket pine tip moth Rhyacionia frustrana?

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