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Species Diabrotica cristata

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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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Luperini
Subtribe Diabroticina
No Taxon (Section Diabroticites)
Genus Diabrotica
Species cristata (Diabrotica cristata)
Other Common Names
Black Diabrotica
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diabrotica cristata (Harris)
Orig. Comb: Galeruca cristata Harris 1837
Explanation of Names
cristata = 'crested'
4.1-4.7 mm(1)
Pronotum black to orange(2)
, or less frequently:
e. NA to AZ (AZ-GA-ON-SK) / Mex. (3)(1)(4), though uncommon in the se. US (BG data)
May-Sep (BG data)
Grasses (Poaceae), radish (Raphanus sativus), Cucurbita foetidissima, lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus), Asteraceae(5)
can be locally abundant:
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Derunkov et al. (2013) Diabrotica ID: Identification of Diabrotica species (Col.: Chrysomelidae) from North and Central America
2.Leaf and Seed Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2007. Clemson University.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
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.