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For the United States & Canada

Tribe Alticini - Flea Beetles

Phyllotreta sp. - Phyllotreta striolata green Crepidodera - Crepidodera browni Sumac Flea Beetle - Blepharida rhois - male - female A familiar Kuschelina - Kuschelina cf-fimbriata Blue beetle - Altica Plantago Leaf Miner ID Request - Dibolia borealis Psylliodes Unknown - Psylliodes affinis
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly considered a subfamily (Alticinae)
arrangement of genera into groups follows(1) (groups represented in our area by a single genus are not used); for some genus groups there are available family group names in(2) but transitioning to these will have to wait until a more comprehensive treatment has been published
Explanation of Names
Alticini Newman 1835
most members of this tribe are good jumpers, thus the common name
Numbers
the largest tribe of the family, with 470 described spp. in ~50 genera in our area and 8,000-10,000 spp. in ca. 500 genera worldwide (rich tropical faunas poorly known)
Genus not yet in the guide: Acrocyum (1 sp., TX)(3)
Identification
Enlarged hind femora are distinctive, though not all alticines have them
The online key to palearctic genera(4) is helpful with our fauna
Photo gallery of 46 ND spp.(5)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA
Remarks
Most males have protarsomere I enlarged
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)
Bouchard P. et al. 2011. ZooKeys 88: 1–972.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
4.[Online] Guide to Palearctic flea beetle genera, by Alexander S. Konstantinov and Natalia J. Vanderberg
5.Fauske G.M. (2003-2006) Common flea beetles of North Dakota