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Genus Donacia

aquatic leaf beetles, Donacia sp. - Donacia rugosa Long-horned Leaf Beetle - Donacia Donacia? - Donacia Donacia hypoleuca Lacordaire  - Donacia hypoleuca Donacia rugosa Donacia found on snowpack - Donacia hirticollis Unknown beetle - Donacia proxima Donacia tuberculifrons - male
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 Donaciinae (Aquatic Leaf Beetles)
Genus Donacia
daw-nay'-see-uh, IPA: dŏ-nā'-sĭ-ə(1)
Explanation of Names
Donacia Fabricius 1775
Greek donax (δοναξ) 'reed'(1)
>30 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area, >80 spp. total[cite:xxxx]
3‒12 mm
differences from Plateumaris(2): elytra at apex truncate in most, no expanded sutural bead; hypomeron usually with a broad pubescent area
keys to spp.: Florida(3) • w.NA(4)
holarctic; in NA, more diverse in the east (only one Nearctic species does not occur there); just 12 spp. in w.NA(4); numerous spp. in Eurasia
Host plants(2): Donacia s.str.: waterlilies Brasenia, Nuphar, Nymphaea; Donacia (Donaciomima): Nymphaea and a number of other plants; Donacia (Arundinarius): Phragmites
Works Cited
1.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
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 Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
4.The subfamily Donaciinae in Utah (Insecta: Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Clark S.M., Olsen A.B., Goodman M.H. 2008. Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist 4: 1–37.