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Species Blepharida rhois - Sumac Flea Beetle

Mating - Blepharida rhois - male - female Poopy caterpillar(what I've been jokingly referring to as a scatopillar) 2 of 3 - Blepharida rhois Blepharida rhois (Forster) - Blepharida rhois Chrysomelidae? - Blepharida rhois Laying eggs - Blepharida rhois - female Blepharida rhois (Forster) - Blepharida rhois Sumac Flea Beetle - Blepharida rhois Small Beetle - Blepharida rhois
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 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.