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Subfamily Donaciinae - Aquatic Leaf Beetles

Beetle - Plateumaris Aquatic Leaf Beetle - Plateumaris nitida - male Metallic Beetle #3 - Plateumaris Leaf Beetle? - Neohaemonia nigricornis Beetle - Donacia Metallic beetle on flower - Plateumaris Donaciinae Donacia? - Donacia Donacia (Donaciomima) assimilis Lacordaire - Donacia assimilis
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 Donaciinae (Aquatic Leaf Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Donaciinae Kirby 1837
55 spp. in 5 genera in our area, ~170 spp. total(1)(2)
5.6-13.5 mm
head prominent, slightly narrowed behind the eyes; pronotum rectangular-shaped and narrower than elytra; elytra elongate, often metallic and sculptured with rows of small holes or impressions; legs long, hind femora strongly enlarged and usually toothed below
mostly holarctic (incl. much of NA), with very few spp. to the south(1)
larvae aquatic, attached to host stems/roots(1); adults on vegetation bordering standing water (ponds, marshes, lakes)
larvae tap the submerged stems of host plants for food and oxygen
Internet References
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.Chrysomelid males with enlarged mandibles: three new species and a review of occurrence in the family (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae)
Reid C.A.M., Beatson M. 2013. Zootaxa 3619: 79–100.
3.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.