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Species Cryptocephalus venustus

Tiny Beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus ? venustus ? calidus? - Cryptocephalus venustus Case-bearer - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus - Cryptocephalus venustus Small beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus Little Striped Beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus sp? - Cryptocephalus venustus Case-bearing Leaf Beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus - Cryptocephalus venustus
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 Cryptocephalinae (Case-bearing Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Cryptocephalini
Subtribe Cryptocephalina
Genus Cryptocephalus
No Taxon (Venustus group)
Species venustus (Cryptocephalus venustus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cryptocephalus simplex Haldeman 1849
color forms treated as subspecies in (1) have been synonymized(2)(3)
Explanation of Names
Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius 1787
venustus 'pretty'
5.3-6.1 mm(2)
Color highly variable. The pronotum is not swollen as in C. gibbosus and the anterior margin of prosternum is produced into a spine-like lobe in the male and into a somewhat less pointed lobe in the female
e. NA to AB (QC-FL to AB-NM) - Map (3)(4)
Works Cited
1.A review of the genus Cryptocephalus in America north of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera).
White, R.E. 1968. USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp.
2.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.