An iridescent blue flea beetle (Chrysomelidae:Alticinae) is often associated with this shrub and leaves pock marks where it has fed on the thick leaves.
uncommon in its restricted habitat at the bases of steep, north-facing cliffs in the desert
mountains. It can be found at Camelback Mountain, Phoenix and
Picacho Peak, Arizona.
KOFA Mts, Yuma Co., Arizona. Dec. 2018
Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family
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Plagens, page created 6 Nov. 2005,
updated 3 Feb. 2019.