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Species Labidomera clivicollis - Swamp Milkweed Leaf 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 Labidomera
Species clivicollis (Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle)
Other Common Names
Milkweed Leaf Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Kirby 1837
Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
adult 8-12 mm
Identification
Unit tray of Labidomera clivicollis (Kirby) curated in the TAMUIC.
Larva: orange with well-developed legs.
Range
NM-FL-ME-ND/ se. Can. / n. Mex. (1)
Habitat
Meadows, roadsides, with milkweed, especially wetlands with Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).
Season
mostly: May-Oct (BG data)
Food
Foliage, flowers, of milkweed, especially Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), but also found on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Also on swallow-wort (Cynanchum) and twinevine (Funastrum = Sarcostemma). (2)
Life Cycle
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)

Remarks
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)
See Also

Leptinotarsa lineolata (Stål) - Note: range: AZ-TX / Mex.; and host: Burrobrush - Hymenoclea spp. (Asteraceae)
Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
Print References
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.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
Works Cited
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.
3.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.
4.For Love of Insects
Thomas Eisner. 2003. Belknap Press.
5.Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch
Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser, Michael Quinn. 2003. Bas Relief Publishing Group.
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.