Collops vittatus (predator)

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Author: Mike Quinn
Source: BugGuide

Collops vittatus (predator) (Say, 1823) - (two-lined collops)

This species of flower beetle is found in western North America, where it is common in alfalfa and cotton fields. The adults prey on small insects and also feed on pollen. They are regarded as natural enemies of pests like Bemisia tabaci, Pectinophora gossypiella or Lygus hesperus.

The adults are around 5 mm long and characterised by two longitudinal black stripes on the elytra. The background colour is red, orange or yellow. The pronotum might also have one or two black marks.