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Genus Lema

Three Lined Potato Beetle - Lema daturaphila - male - female larvae on datura plant - Lema Three-lined Potato Beetle - Lema daturaphila found on Solanum - Lema Mating - Lema solani - male - female Lema daturaphila - Three-lined Potato Beetle - Lema daturaphila Lema trabeata? Feeding on Datura - Lema trabeata Lema on Datura - Lema
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Criocerinae
Tribe Lemini
Genus Lema
Explanation of Names
Lema Fabricius 1798
Numbers
at least 14 spp. in our area(1), many hundreds worldwide(2)
Food
mostly on Solanaceae and Asteraceae, but also recorded from other plants(3)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
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.A revision of the subfamily Criocerinae (Chrysomelidae) of North America north of Mexico.
Richard E. White. 1993. USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD.