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Species Zygogramma suturalis - Ragweed Leaf Beetle

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Classification
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 Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Doryphorina
Genus Zygogramma
Species suturalis (Ragweed Leaf Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Zygogramma suturalis (Fabricius 1775)
Size
<6.5 mm
Identification
Easily distinguished from Calligrapha bidenticola by the form of the tarsal claws or by the color of the epipleuron – characters rarely visible on photos. In dorsal view, C. bidenticola is slightly more elongate than Z. suturalis but otherwise very similar. Do not try to separate the two based on whether or not the elytral stripe is divided. This character varies geographically and is sometimes not even consistent for beetles found together at the same locality. --S.M. Clark, pers.comm. to =v=, 11.ix.2013
Range
e US to CO (NM-FL-ME-CO) & adj Canada(1)
Food
host: ragweed (Ambrosia, Asteraceae)(2)
Remarks
introduced to Russia in 1978 to control ragweed (with frustrating results) (Reznik et al.)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.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.