A few days ago, this bright, winged creature landed on my spotting scope while I was observing hundreds of gulls at a coastal beach. Flipping through a field guide when I got home, I discovered that this green (often yellow) beetle with eleven or twelve black spots is a Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata). You may have noticed one of these beetles in a post I did last month on "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows (check the bottom photo).
I don't stop and photograph every insect I see, but I sure was glad to have my camera handy when I noticed this striking insect in late June. My immediate thought, after glimpsing this creature was, "Could that be an Asian Longhorn Beetle?" So, I snapped a few photos and planned to find out.
A simple web search led me to the real identity of this native beetle. The white patch at the base of the wings is apparently the give-away that this is not an Asian Longhorn Beetle but rather a Whitespotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus).