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Goldsmith beetle

Cotalpa lanigera

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 7/8 inch long

Description: June beetle - like, yellowish cream color, the area behind the head (the prothorax) usually has a green iridescence.

Where/When: Feeds on the leave of willow, poplar, and oak; is attracted to lights

Significance: Is primarily a curiosity when it is found; it is not a pest of trees.

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