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Species Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Colorado Potato Beetle

Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Buglet - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle Nymph - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata WI090412 - 3 - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Chrysomelidae - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Classification
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)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Doryphorina
Genus Leptinotarsa
Species decemlineata (Colorado Potato Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say 1824)
decemlineata refers to the ten black stripes on the elytra(1)
Size
5.5-11 mm(1)
Identification
Ten black stripes and irregular punctures on the pale yellow elytra (regular punctures indicate L. juncta(2)); larva has two rows of black spots on each side (one row in L. juncta)
Range
across so. Canada and the US (NS-BC to FL-CA)(3); before the introduction of the potato in the US, this beetle was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now it occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe
Food
Potatoes and related plants(1)
Remarks
has become a serious pest in Europe
See Also

L. texana vs. L. decemlineata

L. juncta
In the eastern U.S., L. decemlineata could conceivably be confused with L. juncta. In Texas, it could possibly be confused with L. defecta or L. texana, although these species have fewer elytral dark stripes. In Arizona and possibly neighboring areas, it could very easily be confused with L. tumamoca. --S.M. Clark, pers.comm. to =v= 25.vii.2014
Internet References
Fact sheet (Jacques & Fasulo 2012)(4)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.False Potato Beetle
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.U. of Florida and Dep. of Agriculture Website