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Species Cryptocephalus venustus

Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius  - Cryptocephalus venustus Tiny Beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus ? venustus ? calidus? - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius - Cryptocephalus venustus Case-bearing Leaf Beetle - Cryptocephalus venustus - female on Ceratiola ericoides Florida rosemary - Cryptocephalus venustus Cryptocephalus venustus?  - Cryptocephalus venustus - male - female Cryptocephalus venustus
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 Cryptocephalinae (Case-bearing Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Cryptocephalini
Subtribe Cryptocephalina
Genus Cryptocephalus
No Taxon (Venustus group)
Species venustus (Cryptocephalus venustus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Cryptocephalus simplex Haldeman 1849
Non-vittate (non-striped) and partially vittate color forms (represented only or mostly by females) treated as various subspecies by White(1) have been synonymized since(2)(3)
Explanation of Names
Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius 1787
venustus (L). 'charming' (4)
4 poorly defined subspecies had been described that are in fact just color forms (2)
Length 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. (TAMU Fact Sheet)
Rockies, east (NM-FL-QC-AB) (3)
Polyphagous (5)
One of the first two described N. Amer. spp. of Cryptocephalus (1)
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.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
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.