The dogbane leaf beetle (chrysochus auratus) is extremely small in size but has a beautiful metallic green color. These beetles mate, feed, and grow on the Dogbane plant, hence it’s name. Dogband plants can be seen as either useful or toxin. They are also known as American Hemp and are used for making cords and ropes but they produce a toxin which is poisonous to humans and animals. If an animal ingests this plant’s sap it can cause death. The dogbane leaf beetle can either be seen as a pest or a control depending on how you view the plant.
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