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Species Chrysochus auratus - Dogbane 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 Eumolpinae
Tribe Eumolpini
Genus Chrysochus
Species auratus (Dogbane Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Chrysochus auratus (Fabricius 1775)
auratus = 'golden'
Range
transcontinental (ME-WA to GA-AZ)(1)
Food
hosts: Apocynaceae, incl. Apocynum cannabinum and Apocynum androsaemifolium; larvae are obligate root feeders; adults eat leaves of larval host(2)
Life Cycle
They mate and lay eggs through the summer. They lay eggs on leaves and stems of host plants and nearby vegetation in masses of egg capsules
See Also

Gastrophysa cyanea
Print References
Peterson M.A., Dobler S., Holland J., Tantalo L., Locke S. (2001) Behavioral, molecular, and morphological evidence for a hybrid zone between Chrysochus auratus and C. cobaltinus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 94(1): 1-9.
Williams C.E. (1991) Host plant latex and the feeding behavior of Chrysochus auratus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Col. Bull. 45: 195–196.
Williams C.E. (1992) Movement of the dogbane beetle, Chrysochus auratus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in a patchy environment. Banisteria 1: 8–10.
Internet References
Species profiles: Quinn (2007) | Tolchin (2013)
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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.Animal Diversity Web: Phylum Arthropoda