white-banded blister beetle
|Copyright: manee makkala (makkala)
|Date Taken: 2012-08-15|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-08-25 8:04|
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|Epicauta waterhousei Haag-Rutenberg|
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Coleoptera
Family : Meloidae
Genus : Epicauta
Species : waterhousei
Head is red, other parts are dull black. Elytra bear a broad longitudinal stripe of pubescence yellowish, extending from the humeral angle towards apex of each elytron and with pubescence yellowish, narrowly along the suture, apical and lateral margins.Length 18-20 mm. Distribution: Throughout Thailand (Wiang Pa Pao, Khao Yai).Host: Groundnut, soybean, eggplants, tomato, Amaranthus spp. I found in a large number attacking legume crops at Sarika waterfall at the moment.
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I shot this Beetle last year and was nonplussed about its ID, Manee. You have solved my dilemma now. So it is called a White-banded Blister Beetle!
You have captured it extremely well from top perspective. The features and colours on it are beautifully delineated.
this is a beauty
great sharpness and good details with very nice colours
thanks greeting lou