Hoshihananomia octopunctata

Eight-Spotted Tumbling Flower Beetle

Hoshihananomia octopunctata, Eight-Spotted Tumbling Flower Beetle

Family: Mordellidae

Subfamily: Mordellinae

Length: 8-9 mm


This beetle is the most distinctive species in the family Mordellidae. Over the years the species has been put in various genera, including Mordella and Glipa.

Note the long and pointed tip of the abdomen, typical of the Tumbling Flower Beetles.

The markings of this species are reasonably consistent from individual to individual, but the pubescence varies from silver to gray to yellowish.

Queen Anne's Lace flowers is one good place to look for Hoshihananomia octopunctata.

There are no published records of Hoshihananomia octopunctata from West Virginia, but the one shown here was photographed at Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour County on 27 August 2006.

Hoshihananomia octopunctata range map

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