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Genus Diabrotica - Cucumber Beetles

Unknown Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata cucumber beetle ? - Diabrotica undecimpunctata Unknown 'Bug' - Diabrotica undecimpunctata leaf beetle - Diabrotica cristata Diabrotica undecimpunctata Western Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata Northern Corn Rootworm - Diabrotica barberi
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Luperini
Subtribe Diabroticina
No Taxon (Section Diabroticites)
Genus Diabrotica (Cucumber Beetles)
Other Common Names
Cucumber Beetles, Corn Rootworms
Explanation of Names
Diabrotica Chevrolat 1837
8 spp. in our area, >350 worldwide(1), 107 in North and Central America(2)
Despite their bright colors and distinct patterns, species are notoriously difficult to identify(2)
key to spp. in(3)
antennomere 3 ≤1.5× as long as antennomere 2 (in Acalymma, at least 2× as long as antennomere 2), fide Ciegler(4) per Arthur Evans pers.comm.
New World (mostly neotropical), incl. most of NA(1)
most abundant and destructive in the south; usually not a problem on sandy soil
Works Cited
1.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.
2.New species of Diabrotica Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae) and a key to Diabrotica and related genera...
Derunkov, A., Prado L., Tishechkin A., Konstantinov A. 2015. J. Insect Biodiversity 3: 1-55.
3.Derunkov et al. (2013) Diabrotica ID: Identification of Diabrotica species (Col.: Chrysomelidae) from North and Central America
4.Leaf and Seed Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2007. Clemson University.