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Genus Anisostena

tiny black beetle - Anisostena californica Anisostena cyanea? - Anisostena californica Anisostena funesta (Baly) - Anisostena funesta Anisostena suturalis (Weise) - Anisostena suturalis Anisostena lecontii (Baly) - Anisostena lecontii Anisostena kansana Schaeffer - Anisostena kansana Anisostena gracilis (Horn) - Anisostena gracilis Anisostena species - Anisostena
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
14 spp. in our area (all in the nominate subgenus; 3 spp. reach Canada), 25 spp. in 3 subgenera total(1)
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)
hosts: grasses (Poaceae); adults frequent flowers of other plants(1)