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Species Cryptocephalus leucomelas

Cryptocephalus leucomelas small cream and brown beetle - Cryptocephalus leucomelas Striped, Spotted Beetle - Cryptocephalus leucomelas Leaf Beetles - Cryptocephalus leucomelas Beetle - Cryptocephalus leucomelas Cryptocephalus leucomelas? - Cryptocephalus leucomelas beetle Mont 0623 - Cryptocephalus leucomelas Striking Little Thing! - Cryptocephalus leucomelas
Classification
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 (Cupressi group)
Species leucomelas (Cryptocephalus leucomelas)
Explanation of Names
Cryptocephalus leucomelas Suffrian 1852
leucomelas - White-cheeked (1)
Size
4.6-5.8 mm (2)
Identification

Combined pronotal and elytral patterns are unique...
The color is too pale for C. castaneus and the basal elytral dark markings are less extensive than typical castaneus although you can find material with more extensive yellow/orange.
Range
AZ-FL-NJ-UT (3), + NV, ND (BG data)
Season
mostly June-July (BG data)
Food
Hosts: Populus, Salix (Salicaceae) (4)
Remarks
common at lights
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
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.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.