Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Lytta vittata Fabricius 1775
Syn: Epicauta lemniscata - apparently considered conspecific by many
Explanation of Names
vittata - Scientific Latin for "longitudinally striped" (in Classical Latin it refers to a band or ribbon)
Dull yellow head and pronotum, each elytron with two black stripes. Body underneath and legs black (1)
So-called Three-lined Blister Beetle, Epicauta lemniscata
, has three black stripes on each elytron, found in south (2)
. Now considered a race of vittata
according to Univ. Florida Featured Creatures
Feeds on variety of plants, especially Solanaceae (e.g., potatoes, tomatoes), also soybeans, other crops. Pigweed, Amaranthus species, not a crop plant, is also fed upon extensively.
Two generations per year that may overlap.
Epicauta occidentalis Werner and Epicauta temexa Selander and Adams, are very similar.
Arnett et al., p. 286, fig. 672 (2)
Brimley, p. 162, lists both Epicauta lemniscata
and Epicauta vittata
from North Carolina (3)
Cranshaw, pp. 176-177--photo Epicauta lemniscata (4)
Dillon, p. 295, plate 30 (1)
Papp, p. 104, fig. 328 (5)
Salsbury, p. 217--Epicauta lemniscata
Sikes, p. 200, lists from Rhode Island, lists food plants (7)