Insect and Bug ID forum: Who's eating my amaranth leaves?

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 23, 2015 3:20 PM CST
These are handsome little beetles and look lovely against the dark red leaves. I don't think they are going to do enough damage to worry about, and I hope the birds will provide any control needed by eating them! but I would love to know who they are.

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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 23, 2015 4:47 PM CST
I'm thinking Disonycha glabrata - Pigweed Flea Beetle:

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 23, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Got it in one, thanks! Kind of an ugly name though. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
May 29, 2015 9:40 AM CST
The damage seems to have slacked off, and while I still see the occasional beetle, the plants seem fine.... I sometimes will shake the plants to disturb anyone eating them, but that's the only preventive measure I've taken. Maybe the birds got some!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Jun 12, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Update: The bugs have diminished in number; the amaranth is growing fine, albeit with somewhat lacy leaves here and there. Green Grin!

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