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Genus Anisostena

Anisostena texana Schaeffer - Anisostena texana cyanohispine - Anisostena cyanea A. nigrita - Anisostena nigrita Anisostena lecontii (Baly) - Anisostena lecontii Leaf Beetle - Anisostena Hispine... - Anisostena californica Anisostena sp. - Anisostena Anisostena nigrita
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 Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Genus Anisostena
Explanation of Names
Anisostena Weise 1910
Numbers
14 spp. in our area (all in the nominate subgenus; 3 spp. reach Canada), 25 spp. in 3 subgenera total(1)
Range
New World; nominate subgenus widespread, two minor subgenera south of the equator; in our area, by far more diverse in w./sw. US; A. nigrita is transcontinental, A. ariadne widespread in e. US, A. lecontii in VA-FL(1)
Food
hosts: grasses (Poaceae); adults frequent flowers of other plants(1)
Print References
Staines, Parts I through IV (2)(3)](4)](5)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the hispines of the World
2.A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part I
C. L. Staines. 1993. Insecta Mundi, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 183-190.
3.A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part II.
Staines, C.L. 1994. Insecta Mundi. Paper 294.
4.A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part III
C. L. Staines. 1994. Insecta Mundi, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, pp. 213-226.
5.A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part IV
C. L. Staines. 1994. Insecta Mundi, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, pp. 251-264.