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Species Pachybrachis mellitus

Cryptocephaline on Creosote Bush - Pachybrachis mellitus - male - female Pachybrachis - Pachybrachis mellitus Pachybrachis - Pachybrachis mellitus Scriptured Leaf Beetle - Pachybrachis mellitus Scriptured Leaf Beetle - Pachybrachis mellitus Pachybrachis - Pachybrachis mellitus Picture Rocks Pachybrachis - Pachybrachis mellitus
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 Pachybrachina
Genus Pachybrachis (Scriptured Leaf Beetles)
No Taxon (Yellow Pachys)
Species mellitus (Pachybrachis mellitus)
Explanation of Names
Pachybrachis mellitus Bowditch 1909
mellit = (L). 'honey' (1)
Size
Length 3.2 to 4.2 (avg. 3.7 mm) (2)
Range
sw US (CA-TX-UT-NV) / Mex. (3)
Food
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata, Zygophyllaceae) (4)
Print References
Bowditch, F.C. 1909. Notes on Pachybrachys and descriptions of new species. Canadian Entomologist 41: 237-244, 285-292, 312-324. (5)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.A revision of the North American species of Pachybrachys
H. C. Fall. 1915. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, Vol. 41, No. 3: 291–486 .
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.
5.Notes on Pachybrachys and descriptions of new species.
Bowditch, F.C. 1909. Canadian Entomologist 41: 312-324.