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Well, this looks yummy! Here's a close-up image of a Parthenium beetle (Zygogramma bicolorata), about to feed on a pollen of a Parthenium plant (Parthenium hysterophorus). Bangalore,Fall,Geotagged,India,Parthenium beetle,Parthenium hysterophorus,Zygogramma Bicolorata,Zygogramma bicolorata,beetle,bug,plant,weed Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Well, this looks yummy!

Here's a close-up image of a Parthenium beetle (Zygogramma bicolorata), about to feed on a pollen of a Parthenium plant (Parthenium hysterophorus).

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  1. Interesting beetle with in an interesting story of how it ended up in India. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Yes, and the weed Parthenium is popularly believed to have entered the Indian soil sometime during 1956 along with Wheat sent by USA. Two non-native life forms are now very common in India, and one of them is quite invasive!

      More about the plant here:
      http://www.socialmantra.in/socialcommentary/Congress-grass.html
      Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago

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''Zygogramma bicolorata'', variously referred to as the Parthenium Beetle or Mexican Beetle, is a species of leaf beetle in the subfamily Chrysomelinae, native to Mexico, but introduced to India in 1984 to control ''Parthenium hysterophorus'', a noxious weed.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Avinash Krishnamurthy
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By Avinash Krishnamurthy

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Uploaded Sep 26, 2015. Captured Sep 26, 2015 17:22 in 5th Cross Rd, BFW Layout, MEI Colony, Phase 3, Peenya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560058, India.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm