Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Genus Neogalerucella - Purple Loosestrife Beetles

Purple Loosestrife  Beetle - Neogalerucella calmariensis Purple Loosestrife Beetles - Neogalerucella calmariensis - male - female Chrysomelidae - Neogalerucella calmariensis Neogalerucella  - Neogalerucella calmariensis Neogalerucella calmariensis? - Neogalerucella Beetle - Neogalerucella calmariensis purple loosestrife beetle - Neogalerucella beetle ID please - Neogalerucella calmariensis
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 Galerucini
No Taxon (Section Atysites)
Genus Neogalerucella (Purple Loosestrife Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Neogalerucella Chûjô 1962
4 spp. in our area: 2 native + 2 introduced(1)
in our area, n. NA (NS-MI-AK)(1)
hosts: native spp. on Potentilla and Rubus (Rosaceae), introduced spp. on Lythrum (Lythraceae)(1)
N. calmariensis and N. pusilla were introduced in the US from Europe and Asia in 1992 to control purple loosestrife. N. calmariensis emerges about a week before N. pusilla, first eating the leaves, shoots, and buds; then the N. pusilla eats the new growth, weakening the loosestrife, and after a few years the plants die off.
Internet References
Fact sheets: Bell (2000) [MT](2) | ANON.(3) | anon.[BC](4)