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Species Lebia grandis - Large Foliage Ground Beetle

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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)
No Taxon (subgenus Loxopeza)
No Taxon (tricolor group)
Species grandis (Large Foliage Ground Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lebia grandis Hentz 1830
Size
8-11 mm
Identification
A large Lebia with yellow/orange head and pronotum, and blue/green elytra deeply striated (1)
Range
e NA (TX-GA-QC-SD) (2)
Season
Mostly: Jun-Jul (Full: Mar-Sept) (BG data)
Late spring to fall (Mar-Sep, Nov in NC (3); Apr-Aug, Dec in SC (1); adults emerge May-Jun in MD)
Food
Adults predatory on other insects, especially larval beetles.
Larvae parasitize Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, and false potato beetle, Leptinotarsa juncta.
Also the asparagus beetle Crioceris asparagi and others.
Life Cycle
Adults overwinter; two generations per year in se. US
Remarks
Adults are active primarily at night.
Used as biocontrol of several pests (see Food)
See Also
L. atriventris (elytra weakly striated)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Ground Beetles and Wrinkled Bark Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2000. Clemson University.
2.Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico
Bousquet Y. 2012. ZooKeys 245: 1–1722.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.