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Genus Zabrotes

Bruchinae - Zabrotes spectabilis Small beetle - Zabrotes Small beetle - Zabrotes Chrysomelidae - Zabrotes? - Zabrotes Zabrotes chavesi Kingsolver - Zabrotes chavesi Which species of Zabrotes is this? - Zabrotes Beetle - Zabrotes Bruchinae, lateral - Zabrotes subnitens
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 Bruchinae (Pea and Bean Weevils)
Tribe Amblycerini
Genus Zabrotes
Explanation of Names
Zabrotes Horn 1885
18 spp. in our area(1)
Most 1.0-2.5 mm, 1 sp. (amplissimus) reaches 3.7 mm (1)
Mostly sw. US, but 2 spp. (Z. arenarius & Z. subnitens) range east to NJ-FL, two more (Z. densus & Z. spectabilis) north to OR, and Z. subfasciatus is tropicopolitan (reportedly established in TX)(1)
Larval host plants are known for only a few Zabrotes species, and those are from genera like Phaseolus, Senna, Cassia, Vicia and Rhynchosia...all in the Pea Family (Fabaceae). Adults have been seen on and swept from flowers & foliage of plants from many diverse families, but the associations are often incidental and not necessarily indicative of a larval host relationship.(1)
Life Cycle
The larvae consume host plant seed, within which they live.(1)
Our only representative of the subtribe Spermophagina Borowiec 1987
Print References
Kingsolver, J. (1990). Biosystematics of the Genus of Zabrotes of America North of Mexico (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc., 116(1), 135-174. (1st page from JSTOR)
Romero, J., & Johnson, C. (2000). Revision of the Genus Zabrotes Horn of Mexico (Coleoptera: Bruchidae: Amblycerinae). Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc., 126(2), 221-274. (1st page from JSTOR)
Nápoles, J.R., J.M. Kingsolver, & E.M. Gómez (2011). New Distribution and Host Records for the Genus Zabrotes Horn (Coleoptera: Bruchidae), The Coleopterists Bulletin, 65(3), 294-296 (Full Text)
Works Cited
1.Handbook of the Bruchidae of the United States and Canada
Kingsolver J.M. 2004. USDA, Technical Bulletin 1912 (2 vols.).