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Species Capraita circumdata

Chrysomelid (alticine?) eating a spring beauty flower - Capraita circumdata Flea Beetle at Big Ugly - Capraita circumdata beetle - Capraita circumdata one for mr. belov - Capraita circumdata - male - female Beetle - Capraita circumdata Sign beetle - Capraita circumdata Dorsal - Capraita circumdata Capraita circumdata? - Capraita circumdata
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)
No Taxon (Oedionychis Genus Group)
Genus Capraita
Species circumdata (Capraita circumdata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Capraita circumdata (Randall)
Orig. Comb: Haltica circumdata Randall, 1838
Range
e. N. Amer. (TX-FL-QC-IA) (1)
Food
"Apparently a generalist: BugGuide images show this species eating flowers of spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) and foliage of white ash (Fraxinus americana) and Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)." (Charley's comment moved from C. thyamoides page, rendered inapplicable there as a result of the latest developments. =v=)) Clark et al. (2) report having found this species feeding on the bracts at the bases of flowering dogwood (Cornaceae: Cornus florida) flower clusters, and on (presumably foliage of) possumhaw (Aquifoliaceae: Ilex decidua), trumpet creeper (Bignoniaceae: Campsis radicans), common dittany (Lamiaceae: Cunila origanoides), ash (Oleaceae: Fraxinus spp.), smooth yellow false foxglove (Scrophulariaceae: Aureolaria flava), and mullein foxglove (Scrophulariaceae: Dasistoma macrophylla). They list honeysuckle and snowberry among the many other plants these beetles have been found on, but the BugGuide record (assuming the beetle is correctly identified) may be the first documentation of actual feeding on a member of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Remarks
=v='s avis:
Anthony Deczynski told me that "none of the [photos] IDed as Capraita thyamoides are correct. C. thyamoides lacks humeral callosities, which appear in all the images. Most of them are probably C. circumdata, although some other species have variations which look similar. I would recommend placing them all in this species and I will comment if I find any which appear to be different. I found a single image of the true C. thyamoides in the unidentified [Alticini], which I commented on." (pers. comm.)
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.