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flea beetle - Kuschelina scripticollis

flea beetle - Kuschelina scripticollis
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
June 19, 2004
This was my first flea beetle, and was I surprised when it started hopping like a flea.

Kuschelina scripticollis
Tom,

Here's the det. for your first flea beelte, per EGRiley:

Kuschelina scripticollis (Say)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini

Mike Quinn, Austin

Texas Beetle Info
http://www.TexasEnto.net/beetles.htm

 
Kuschelina scripticollis
Mike, when I was searching for info for the guide page, I couldn't find anything for Kuschelina scripticollis. Then I noticed that Nearctica listed 27 species of Kuschelina, but scripticollis wasn't one of them. Is this a name change, or something like that?

 
Kuschelina scripticollis [Revised Status & New Combination]
Per Riley et al, 2003:

Kuschelina scripticollis [Revised Status & New Combination]

Also per Riley et al, 2003:

Range: AB, MB / CO, DC, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, ND, NJ, NY, OH, RI, VA, WV.

I'm not sure why it isn't listed in:

Clark, S.M., D.G. LeDoux, T.N. Seeno, E.G. Riley, A.J. Gilbert and J.M. Sullivan. 2004. Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae, Chrysomelidae exclusive of Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.

Mike Quinn, Austin

Texas Beetle Info
http://www.TexasEnto.net/beetles.htm

 
Mike, we're noticing
that you have different subfamilies than those on BugGuide. Can you give us a taxonomic reference for the ones you're using? We may have to update the taxonomy here on BugGuide.

 
Higher Classification
The higher classification I posted:

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini

is correct per:

Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, & T.N. Seeno. 2003. Catalog of the leaf beetles of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae and Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 1, 290 pp.

Mike Quinn, Austin

Texas Beetle Info
http://www.TexasEnto.net/beetles.htm

 
References...
I noticed some discrepancies as well...

At home I use these references:

Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, & T.N. Seeno. 2003. Catalog of the leaf beetles of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae and Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 1, 290 pp.

At work, I'm using TIARA which isn't 100% up to date.

What references are you using?

Mike Quinn, Austin

Texas Beetle Info
http://www.TexasEnto.net/beetles.htm

 
Another reference...
Identification guide to the Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Working draft, February 2004

Edward G. Riley
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77845

Mike Quinn, Austin

Texas Beetle Info
http://www.TexasEnto.net/beetles.htm

 
Thanks for all this
It will be a great help in fixing the taxonomy here on BugGuide

Seen this species too
As has Lynette, here's my pic:

I wonder if we can figure out a species? It seems distinctly marked with that red-bordered thorax...

 
googled flea beetle
and the closest I could come up with was a black and white drawing of a Beet Flea Beetle that is a posability. It would be nice to get an ID, since there are several of us with this beetle.