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Genus Chalepus

Leaf Beetle - Chalepus bicolor leaf beetle - Chalepus bicolor - male - female Chalepus walshii? - Chalepus walshii Monhegan grass leaf beetle - Chalepus walshii Anisostena? - Chalepus bicolor Beetle - Chalepus bicolor Chalepus walshii Chalepus bicolor reared from Dichanthelium malacophyllum - Chalepus bicolor
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
Genus Chalepus
Explanation of Names
Chalepus Thunberg 1805
5 spp. in our area, ~100 total(1)
5-8 mm
Elongate, elytral sides subparallel, each elytron with 10 striae at base (11 in Odontota)(2)
primarily neotropical group; in our area, e. US west to AZ(3)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the hispines of the World
2.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.