Leaf Beetle - Casebearer  (two photos)
Genus Saxinis

casebearer beetle
These tiny little beetles were feeding on flowers at Strawberry Reservoir, Wasatch
County, UT.  Carol Davis 8-19-2009

Bugguide.net says this about these tiny beetles in the tribe Clytrini: they "encase their eggs with
intricate fecal coatings and dwell within mobile cases (like caddisflies) as larvae." Maybe that's
why they look so pretty--they've been well fertilized! Carol Davis, 8-19-2009

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