Other Common Names
Downie's Spotted Leaf Beetle (DSLB)
Explanation of Names
Species name honors the late Norville Downie, collector of the holotype and one paratype, in recognition of his contributions to the knowledge of North American Coleoptera (Riley & Gilbert 1999).
Cryptocephalus downiei E. Riley & Gilbert
TEXAS: Kenedy Co.
3-5 mi. N. Norias
April 7, 1980
The stout body form, highly polished and weakly punctate dorsal surface as well as the unique color pattern will readily separate this species from all other Cryptocephalus found north of Mexico. (Riley & Gilbert 1999)
Kenedy (3 specimens) and San Patricio (1 specimen) counties in South Texas. A few undetermined species seen from Mexico and Central America share the smooth surface, stout body, close eyes, and the sharply contrasting color pattern. (Riley & Gilbert 1999)
April 7 through May 6 based on 4 specimens collected in 1961, 1978, and 1980(2) (Riley & Gilbert 1999)
Specific plant associations remain unknown (Riley & Gilbert 1999). (2)
Texas Parks and Wildlife considers this sp. a SGCN (3)
This species lacks close relatives in our area (Riley & Gilbert 1999).
Riley, E.G. & A.J. Gilbert. 1999(2000). Three new species of Cryptocephalus Geoffroy from the United States and a new United States record (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Cryptocephalinae). Occasional Papers of the Consortium Coleopterorum 3(1): 30-35.