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Genus Neogalerucella - Purple Loosestrife Beetles

Small Beetle - Neogalerucella calmariensis Purple Loosestrife Beetles - Neogalerucella calmariensis - male - female Chrysomelidae - Neogalerucella calmariensis Stocky little guy - looks powerful! - Neogalerucella Black-margined Loosestrife Beetle - Neogalerucella calmariensis 8033047 Chrysomelid - Neogalerucella Neogalerucella calmariensis? - Neogalerucella calmariensis Beetle - Neogalerucella calmariensis
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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Galerucini
No Taxon (Section Atysites)
Genus Neogalerucella (Purple Loosestrife Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Neogalerucella Chûjô 1962
4 spp. in our area: 2 native + 2 introduced(1)
in our area, n. NA (NS-MI-AK)(1)
hosts: native spp. on Potentilla and Rubus (Rosaceae), introduced spp. on Lythrum (Lythraceae)(1)
N. calmariensis and N. pusilla were introduced in the US from Europe and Asia in 1992 to control purple loosestrife. N. calmariensis emerges about a week before N. pusilla, first eating the leaves, shoots, and buds; then the N. pusilla eats the new growth, weakening the loosestrife, and after a few years the plants die off.
Internet References
Fact sheets: Bell (2000) [MT](2) | ANON.(3) | anon.[BC](4)