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Species Aphthona cyparissiae - Brown Dot Leafy Spurge Flea Beetle

Aphthona cyparissiae
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 (Longitarsus Genus Group)
Genus Aphthona
Species cyparissiae (Brown Dot Leafy Spurge Flea Beetle)
Other Common Names
Brown Dot Leafy Spurge Flea Beetle
Explanation of Names
Aphthona cyparissiae (Koch 1803)
Size
3-4 mm(1)
Range
native to s. & c. Europe(2), introduced in NA for weed control
Food
hosts: Euphorbia, esp. E. cyparissias(2)
Larvae feed on roots
Remarks
common in ND(3)
Introduced from Europe 1986 to control Euphorbia, esp. E. cyparissias (Leafy Spurge)
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