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Species Psylliodes affinis - Potato Flea 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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
Genus Psylliodes
Species affinis (Potato Flea Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Psylliodes affinis (Paykull 1799)
2-3 mm(1)
native to the Palaearctic (Europe & Siberia)(2), adventive in NA, established in most of ne. US and adjacent Canada (NB-ON)(3)
adults emerge in Aug-Sep(1)
hosts: various Solanaceae(2)
minor pest of cultivated potato & tomato(1)
earliest record in our area: NY 1968 (Wheel­er & Hoebeke 1983)
Print References
Wheel­er A.G, Jr; Hoebeke E.R. (1983) New re­cords of a Palearctic flea be­et­le, Psyl­liodes affinis, in eas­tern North America (Col­eop­tera: Chrysomelidae). Pro­ceed­ings of the En­tomolog­ical Society of Was­hington 85(3): 594-597 Full text
Works Cited
1.Agricultural insect pests of temperate regions and their control
Hill D.S. 1987. Cambridge Univ Press. 659 pp.
2.Coleoptera Poloniae
3.New Coleoptera records from New Brunswick, Canada: Megalopodidae and Chrysomelidae
Webster R.P., Lesage L., Demerchant I. 2012. Zookeys 179: 321-348.