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Genus Donacia

Metallic burgendy Color - Donacia Aquatic Leaf Beetle - Donacia Donacia palmata Olivier - Donacia palmata Genus Donacia? - Donacia Donacia sp. aquatic leaf beetle - Donacia Anthicidae? - Donacia Donacia  - Donacia Brown Beetle - Donacia
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 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 2 subgenera our area, >80 spp. in 3 subgenera total(2)
3-10 mm
differences from the similar Plateumaris(2):
Elytral margin normal at apex, not with sutral bead expanded
Elytral apices trunctate in most species, not rounded (compare)
Hypomeron (part of the pronotum visible in a lateral view) usually with a broad pubescent area
Host plants(2):
Donacia s.str.: waterlilies Brasenia, Nuphar, Nymphaea +Donacia (Donaciomima): Nymphaea and a number of other plants
Plateumaris: Acorus, Carex, Eleocharis, Scirpus, Juncus, Caltha, Ranunculus
key to FL spp. in Epler (2010)(3)
holarctic; Mostly ne. US and se. Canada (only one Nearctic species in the genus does not occur there); numerous spp. in Eurasia
See Also
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.