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Genus Chrysomela

Beetle - Chrysomela scripta Cottonwood Leaf beetle, 4:35pm - Chrysomela semota Leaf beetle from Montana (2) 10.07.08 - Chrysomela knabi Chrysomela texana (Schaeffer) - Chrysomela texana leaf beetle - Chrysomela mainensis Chrysomela interrupta Fabricius - Chrysomela interrupta Emergent Chrysomelid beetle on peach-leaf willow - Chrysomela lineatopunctata Beetle [Chrysomela? scripta??] ID Request - Chrysomela scripta
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 Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Chrysomelina
Genus Chrysomela
Explanation of Names
Chrysomela Linnaeus 1758
Numbers
17 spp. (in 3 subgenera) in our area(1)
Identification
Species determination in this genus is difficult. Confident identification often requires long series of specimens, viewing of the ventral areas, and especially knowledge of the host plant. Chrysomela schaefferi is unusual in being rather distinctive. --S.M. Clark
Range
Holarctic; more diverse in the north(1)
Food
mostly on Salix, Populus (Salicaceae)(2)
Print References
Brown W.J. (1956) The New World species of Chrysomela L. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canadian Entomologist 88: 1-54.
Works Cited
1.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.
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.