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Genus Cryptocephalus

Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius  - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus downiei E. Riley & Gilbert  - Cryptocephalus downiei Cryptocephalus notatus Fabricius - Cryptocephalus notatus - male beetle - Cryptocephalus binominis Beetle 2011.04.28.2089 - Cryptocephalus quadruplex unknown beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus obsoletus Germar - Cryptocephalus obsoletus Pachybrachis? - Cryptocephalus spurcus
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 Cryptocephalinae (Case-bearing Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Cryptocephalini
Subtribe Cryptocephalina
Genus Cryptocephalus
Explanation of Names
Cryptocephalus Geoffroy 1762
Greek kryptos (κρυπτος) 'hidden' + kephale (κεφαλη) 'head' (head recessed into prothorax)
~80 spp. in our area(1)
Visual guide to our fauna provided in(2); keys and latest revision, in(3)
throughout the US and adjacent Canada(1)
Summer to fall
Plant associations for adults are numerous, and many probably incidental(1)
See Also
Bassareus, Griburius, Pachybrachis
Print References
Riley E.G., Gilbert A.J. 1999 (2000). Three new species of Cryptocephalus Geoffroy from the United States and a new United States record (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Cryptocephalinae). Occasional Papers of the Consortium Coleopterorum 3(1): 30-35.
Internet References
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.Quinn M. (2010) North American Cryptocephalus species (Chrysomelidae, Cryptocephalinae)
3.A Review of the Genus Cryptocephalus in America North of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera).
Richard E. White. 1968. USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp.
4.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.