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Species Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Colorado Potato Beetle

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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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Doryphora decemlineata Say 1824
Explanation of Names
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 False Potato Beetle (2).)
Larva has two rows of black spots on each side. Falso Potato beetle larva has one row of black spots.
Range
CA-FL-NS-BC (3)
Season
Mostly: May-Sept (Mar-Oct) (BG data)
Food
Potatoes and related plants. (1)
Remarks
Before the introduction of the potato in the US this beetle was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on some native species of Solanum (night shade), now it has spread to most potato growing areas.
It has been transported to Europe where it has become a serious pest.
See Also

Texas Potato Beetle vs. Colorado Potato Beetle
Leptinotarsa texana vs. Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Dets. E. G. Riley

False Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa juncta (2)
Print References
White, p. 294 (1)
Internet References
Featured Creatures - University of Florida
potato pests - University of Kentucky
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.