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Species Zeugophora scutellaris - Poplar Blackmine 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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Megalopodidae (Megalopodid Leaf Beetles)
Genus Zeugophora
Species scutellaris (Poplar Blackmine Beetle)
Other Common Names
Cottonwood Leaf-mining Beetle(1), Cottonwood Leaf Miner
Explanation of Names
Zeugophora scutellaris Suffrian 1840
Numbers
2.5-3 mm(2)
Range
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(3), adventive in our area: w. NA east to MB(4)(5)
Season
adults emerge in May-Jul
Food
hosts: Populus, Salix, Alnus in NA
Remarks
larvae make large dark blotch mines in cpoplar/ottonwood leaves(6); may damage cottonwood, poplar, and aspen trees
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