Knotweed Leaf Beetle

Chrysomelidae on knotweed, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a marshy area at Eldoret, Kenya. Dec 2015.

Leaf Beetles chew on the leaves of plants often in exposed areas where birds or lizards could easily predate them. Many leaf beetles are also brightly colored, which should make them even easier to see and capture. However, many are laced with repelant compounds derived from the plants and are thus protected from many insectivores.

Chrysomelidae -- Leaf Beetle Family

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Kenya Natural History

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