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Species Kuschelina laeta

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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 Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Oedionychis Genus Group)
Genus Kuschelina
Species laeta (Kuschelina laeta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Kuschelina laeta (Perbosc)
Orig. Comb: Altica laeta Perbosc 1839
Syn: Kuschelina interjectionis (Crotch)
Explanation of Names
laeta (L). 'gay, pleasing' (1)
28 spp. n. of Mex. (2)

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2013
White spots occasionally connected by pale lines within each elytron:
TX-GA / s. to C. Amer. - Map (3)(4)(5), mostly: n. to southmost TX
March-July (6), (BG data)
Euphorbiaceae and Verbenaceae (7)
Print References
Blake, D.H. 1927. A Revision of the Beetles of the genus Oedionychis occurring in America North of Mexico. Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus., 70(23): 1-44.
Blake, D.H. 1954. Chrysomelid Beetles of the Oedionychus miniatus Complex. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash., 56: 139-147.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2006
Crotch's Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.Illustrated Beetle (Coleoptera) Inventory of the Sabal Palm Sanctuary (Cameron County, Texas)
Edward G. Riley & Michael A. Quinn. 2011. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
6.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
7.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.