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Species Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Colorado Potato Beetle

Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)? - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle larva - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Colorado Potato Beetle, pupa, lateral - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Colorado Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata Leptinotarsa decemlineata - male - female Leptinotarsa decemlineata - male
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 Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Doryphorina
Genus Leptinotarsa
Species decemlineata (Colorado Potato Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say 1824)
decemlineata = 'ten-lined' (refers to elytral pattern)
5.5-11 mm(1)
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)
transcontinental (NS-BC to FL-CA)(3)
Potatoes and related plants(1)
Life Cycle
before the introduction of the potato in the US, was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe
has become a serious pest in Europe
See Also

L. texana vs. L. decemlineata

L. juncta
In the east, L. decemlineata could 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 be easily 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.University of Florida: Featured Creatures