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Species Anomoea laticlavia - Clay-colored Leaf Beetle

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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 Clytrini
Subtribe Clytrina
Genus Anomoea
Species laticlavia (Clay-colored Leaf Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anomoea laticlavia (Forster)
Orig. Comb: Chrysomela laticlavia Forster, 1771
Explanation of Names
At Words by William Whitaker, "laticlavia" translates to "having a broad crimson stripe".
4 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
6-9 mm
Fairly large leaf beetles, reddish yellow with variable amounts of black, esp. black along midline of elytra. (2)
NM-FL-NY-WY / adj Can. (1)
Includes old fields with growing shrubs, forbs.
Mostly: June (Full: Apr-Aug) (BG data)
Feeds on a variety of forbs and shrubs: Lespedeza; Honey Locust, Gleditsia tricanthos; Willow, Salix; Oak, Quercus; Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana; Ragweed, Ambrosia. (2) (3) (4); Leadplant, Amorpha canescens
Life Cycle
According to comments under this image:
larvae are myrmecophiles having an association with ants of the genus Formica.
Print References
"Florida's Fabulous Insects" p. 108 (2)
Dillon, p. 668, plate LXVII. Note that legend to plate gives incorrect size, it is correct in description. (3)
Balsbaugh, p. 24, fig. 17 (4)
Salsbury, p. 229--photo (5)
Brimley, p. 221--Antipus laticlavia (6)
Internet References
images - Cirrus Digital Imaging
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.Florida's Fabulous Insects
Mark Deyrup, Brian Kenney, Thomas C. Emmel. 2000. World Publications.
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
4.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
5.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
6.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.