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Species Blepharida rhois - Sumac Flea Beetle

Sumac Flea Beetle - Blepharida rhois  Blepharida rhois - Sumac Flea Beetle II - Blepharida rhois Blepharida rhois (Forster) - Blepharida rhois Blepharida rhois Sumac Flea Beetle, dorsal - Blepharida rhois Orange Leaf Beetle? - Blepharida rhois Sumac Flea Beetle larvae - Blepharida rhois Sumac Flea Beetles (Blepharida rhois)?  - Blepharida rhois - male - female
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Blepharida Genus Group)
Genus Blepharida
Species rhois (Sumac Flea Beetle)
Other Common Names
Currant Flea Beetle(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Blepharida rhois (Forster)
Orig. Comb: Chrysomela rhois Forster 1771
6-7 mm
highly variable:
e US to UT / Mex. (2)(3)
mostly: Mar-Sept (BG data)
hosts: currant, sumac (Rhus, Anacardiaceae), skunkbrush(1)(4)
Life Cycle
on skunkbush sumac (Rhus trilobata, Anacardiaceae
Works Cited
1.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
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.