|Megaderus bifasciatus, found in Clinton, Greenlee County, AZ|
|Mecas menthae. on Salvia leucantha|
After a trip to Copper Canyon where our lights were inundated with scarabs from tiny Diplotaxis to sturdy Phileurus truncatus and Strategus aloeus and a restful night's sleep in the back of my Subaru
I visited the garden again. This time I found a nice number of leaf beetle species on Sacred Datura and some morning glories whose leaves were just about skeletonized.
|Elytroleptus luteus in situ|
Check out the distribution for this beetle: it just makes it across the Mexican Border into Arizona, but it's found all through Central America.
Longhorns in the genus Elytroleptus are considered mimics of toxic beetles in the family Lycidae whom they closely resemble.
Close to the Longhorn imitator, I found a Jumpingspider that was trying to take down one of the toxic Lycids. It released the beetle unharmed. I do not know if my camera disturbed it or if it found the beetle unpalatable.