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Genus Lebia - Colorful Foliage Ground Beetles

cream/black-marked carabid - Lebia subrugosa Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle - Lebia fuscata Small ground beetle - Lebia cyanipennis Metallic Beetle - Lebia viridis Lebia grandis - female Lebia pulchella Dejean - Lebia pulchella Beetle 28 - Lebia ornata Lebia solea Hentz - Lebia solea
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Harpalinae
Supertribe Harpalitae
Tribe Lebiini
Subtribe Lebiina
Genus Lebia (Colorful Foliage Ground Beetles)
Other Common Names
Flat Ground Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lebia Latreille 1802
Explanation of Names
from Greek 'shallow, thin'(1)
over 700 spp. in 17 subgenera worldwide, 48 spp. in 4 subgenera in our area, as follows:(2)
subg. Loxopeza: 8 spp.
subg. Polycheloma: 1 sp. (L. lecontei, TX & AZ)
subg. Lamprias: 1 sp. (L. divisa, Great Plains: KS & CO to so. Canada & IN)
subg. Lebia s. str.: 38 spp.
2.5-14 mm(3)
Medium-sized/small, often vividly colored carabids with wide, flattened elytra
Revision of NA fauna in(3)
Adults of 14 spp. shown in(4)
worldwide and throughout NA (north to YT & n. PQ)(2)
Found on foliage and on ground
Typically late spring to mid-summer + fall; adults overwinter; two generations per year in south
Predatory on small insects; some parasitize leaf beetle larvae
Life Cycle
In summer, adults often active on foliage during the day, unusual for ground beetles
Print References
(5) (Note errata, including part of key for this genus)