Species Epicauta vittata - Striped Blister Beetle
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
No Taxon (Vittata Group)
Species vittata (Striped Blister Beetle)
Other Common Names
Old-fashioned potato bug
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
June-September (BG data)
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)
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Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
|2.||How to Know the Beetles|
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
|3.||Insects of North Carolina|
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
|5.||Introduction to North American Beetles|
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
|6.||Insects in Kansas|
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
|7.||The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island, an Annotated Checklist|
Derek Sikes. 2004. Rhode Island Natural History Survey.