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Species Neolochmaea dilatipennis

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Galerucini
No Taxon (Section Schematizites)
Genus Neolochmaea
Species dilatipennis (Neolochmaea dilatipennis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neolochmaea dilatipennis (Jacoby 1886)
5.5-7.6 mm in length
From Galerucinae: hind femur not abnormally broad and adapted for jumping; tarsal claws simple, or bifid with inner lobe comparatively narrow and pointed; procoxal cavities closed behind; tarsomere 1 about as long as 5; external surface of tibiae with ridge extending most of length; Elytra densely pubescent, disc brown with narrow, pale discal vittae; front and middle tibiae of male each with a short, stout spur, but hind tibiae lacking spurs and female lacking spurs in all tibiae; pronotum about 2 times as long as wide; base of pronotum not strongly sinuate posteriorly; antennal segments 3 and 4 about the same length, maybe segment 4 slightly longer (Riley et al., 2002(1)) (White, 1979).
Known to feed on the Florida endemic Spermacoce terminalis (Rubiaceae).
From Caribbean and South America, introduced in North America. First found near Miami in 1975.
Print References
White, R. E. 1979. A Neotropical Leaf Beetle Established in the United States (Chrysomelidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 72(2): 269-270. (Oxford Academic)
Works Cited
1.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.