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Tribe Chalepini

Leaf Beetle - Chalepus bicolor blue-reflexed hispinid under flourescent light - Microrhopala excavata Leaf miner on Encelia (Brittle Bush) - Microrhopala rubrolineata - female Basswood Leaf Miner - Baliosus nervosus Buckthorn-mining hispine - Baliosus californicus Unknown Chalepini - Sumitrosis inaequalis Brachycoryna ? - Sumitrosis inaequalis - male - female St. Andrews leaf miner on Digitaria SA591 2016 3 - Glyphuroplata pluto
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Explanation of Names
Chalepini Weise 1910
Numbers
~70 spp. in 14 genera in our area, ~840 spp. in ~60 genera total(1)
Identification
see(2)
Range
New World, primarily neotropical(1)
Food
In general, monophagous or stenophagous, with biology fairly uniform across the tribe: larvae mine leaves in the same plant on which adults feed (adults may also feed on plants that are not larval hosts)(3)
Life Cycle
Larvae are leaf miners.
Remarks
Many appear to mimic Lycidae
Internet References
The Coleopterist Bulletin. The Revision of the Tribe Chalepini of North America North of Mexico.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the hispines of the World
2.The Hispine Beetles of America North of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)
Charles L. Staines. 2006. 2006. Virginia Museum of Natural History, in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
3.Host-plants of Chrysomelidae of the world: An essay about the relationships between the leaf-beetles and their food-plants
Jolivet P., Hawkeswood T.J. 1995. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. xiv + 281 pp.