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Genus Plagiometriona

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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 Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles)
Genus Plagiometriona
Explanation of Names
Plagiometriona Spaeth 1899
A single species with 2 subspecies in our area(1), 84 spp. total(2)
6-7 mm
primarily neotropical, by far most diverse in S. America; in our area, e. NA west to ON-NE-TX(1)(3)
hosts: Solanaceae, e.g. nightshade and horse-nettle (Solanum spp.), ground-cherries (Physalis spp.), and Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)(4)(2)
See Also
Deloyala spp. are superficially similar but the "teddy bear" shape on elytra is missing "hind legs"
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
3.Annotated list of the leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of Kentucky: Subfamily Cassidinae
Barney R.J., Clark S.M., Riley E.G. 2007. J. Kentucky Acad. Sci. 68: 132-144.
4.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.