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Tribe Chalepini

Microrhopala excavata cyanea (Say) - Microrhopala excavata Interesting Minute Beetle - Sumitrosis inaequalis Sign of Goldenrod Leaf Miners on Cup Plant - Microrhopala vittata Stenopodius martini Blaisdell - Stenopodius martini Empty pupal case - Sumitrosis inaequalis St. Andrews leaf miner on Galactia volubilis SA1770 2020 3 - Sumitrosis rosea Chalepini? - Microrhopala vittata beetles mating - Sumitrosis inaequalis
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Explanation of Names
Chalepini Weise 1910
Numbers
~70 spp. in 14 genera in our area, ~840 spp. in ~60 genera total(1)
Identification
Body narrow; margins of pronotum and elytra not explanate; antennae porrect, usually not retractable; dorsum rough; elytra usually costate; scutellum subquadrate, apex rounded to subtruncate (2).
see(3)
key to genera (4)
Range
New World, primarily neotropical(1)
Food
In general, monophagous or stenophagous, with biology fairly uniform across the tribe: larvae mine leaves in the same plant on which adults feed (adults may also feed on plants that are not larval hosts)(5)
Life Cycle
Larvae are leaf miners.
Remarks
Many appear to mimic Lycidae
Internet References
The Coleopterist Bulletin. The Revision of the Tribe Chalepini of North America North of Mexico.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the hispines of the World
2.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.
3.The Hispine Beetles of America North of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)
Charles L. Staines. 2006. 2006. Virginia Museum of Natural History, in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
4.Revision of the tribe Chalepini of America North of Mexico. I. Genus Xenochalepus Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Janardhan G. Butte . 1968. The Coleopterists Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 45-62.
5.Host-plants of Chrysomelidae of the world: An essay about the relationships between the leaf-beetles and their food-plants
Jolivet P., Hawkeswood T.J. 1995. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. xiv + 281 pp.