[Leaf beetles, Diabrotica barberi, and Ladybug beetles on a wild sunflower plant. Some species of Leaf Beetles are very destructive to corn crops. Ladybugs, on the other hand, eat many insect pests, though these are additionally getting the abundant nectar from this wild flower. (One can’t blame them for liking sweets!]
Can you count how many there are? Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
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Another lovely photo, Thomas. 9 leaf beetle and 2 ladybugs?
Thanks! Your numbers look good! Note that adjacent to the bottom Ladybug — to the left of it — that nectar is oozing out of the plant; that is what that Ladybug is after!