Species Labidomera clivicollis - Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle
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)
Species clivicollis (Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle)
Other Common Names
Milkweed Leaf Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Kirby 1837
Unit tray of Labidomera clivicollis
(Kirby) curated in the TAMUIC.
Larva: orange with well-developed legs.
NM-FL-ME-ND/ se. Can. / n. Mex. (1)
Meadows, roadsides, with milkweed, especially wetlands with Swamp Milkweed
mostly: May-Oct (BG data)
Foliage, flowers, of milkweed, especially Swamp Milkweed
), but also found on Common Milkweed
). Also on swallow-wort
) and twinevine
(Funastrum = Sarcostemma
Often overwinter as adults among leaves of such plants as mullein (Verbascum
). Adults mate on or around milkweed. Eggs are cemented to the underside of leaves. Larvae feed on leaves, and drop to ground to pupate. (3)
Part of the orange and black milkweed mimicry complex, which includes Monarch Butterfly, Red Milkweed Beetle, milkweed bugs, and at least one assassin bug.
Larvae and adults of this species cut several side-veins of a milkweed leaf prior to feeding, to reduce the sticky latex that would otherwise be produced at their feeding sites. (4)
Leptinotarsa lineolata (Stål) - Note: range: AZ-TX / Mex.; and host: Burrobrush - Hymenoclea spp. (Asteraceae)
Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
Rea, p. 54, pictures adult and larva (5)
Dillon, p. 685, plate LXIX #7 (6)
Papp, p. 241, fig. 794 (7)
Arnett, p. 326, fig. 764 (8)
Brimley, p. 225--lists collection dates for North Carolina as May, June (9)
Balsbaugh, p. 92, reports from Alabama with collection dates in July (10)
Kirby, W. 1837. Insects. Coleoptera. Pp. 213. In: J. Richardson. (ed.) Fauna Boreali-Americana; or the zoology of the northern parts of British America. Part 4. Norwich, London. 325 pp.
- Mike Quinn, 2008
|1.||Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico|
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
|2.||Host Plants of Leaf Beetle Species Occuring in the United States and Canada|
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.
|4.||For Love of Insects|
Thomas Eisner. 2003. Belknap Press.
|6.||A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America|
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
|7.||Introduction to North American Beetles|
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
|8.||How to Know the Beetles|
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
|9.||Insects of North Carolina|
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
|10.||The leaf beetles of Alabama|
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.