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Genus Lebia - Colorful Foliage Ground Beetles

Foliage Ground Beetle - Lebia pumila Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle - Lebia fuscata Lebia tricolor carabid - Lebia viridis   - Lebia Harpalinae, dorsal - Lebia viridipennis  Lebia? - Lebia atriventris Lebia analis? - Lebia analis
Classification
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)
Numbers
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.
Size
2.5-14 mm(3)
Identification
Medium-sized/small, often vividly colored carabids with wide, flattened elytra
Revision of NA fauna in(3)
Adults of 14 spp. shown in(4)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA (north to YT & n. PQ)(2)
Habitat
Found on foliage and on ground
Season
Typically late spring to mid-summer + fall; adults overwinter; two generations per year in south
Food
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)