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Species Dibolia borealis - Northern Plantain Flea 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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
Genus Dibolia
Species borealis (Northern Plantain Flea Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dibolia borealis Chevrolat, 1844
Explanation of Names
borealis - Latin for 'northern' (1)
Numbers
13 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Size
3 mm (3)
Identification

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2011
Range
TX-FL-ME-ND (4)
Season
mostly: Mar-July (BG data)
Food
Plantago spp. (Plantaginaceae) (5)
Life Cycle
Larvae are leaf miners of plantains. (5)
Print References
Hawthorn, W.R. 1978. Some effects of different Plantago species on feeding preferences and egg laying in the flea beetle Dibolia borealis Chev. (Chrysomelidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 56: 1507-1513.
Parry, R.H. 1974. Revision of the genus Dibolia Latreille in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canad. J. Zool. 52: 1317-1354.
Reed, H. 1927. Some observations on the leaf-mining flea-beetle Dibolia borealis Chevrolat. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 20: 540-549.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2006
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
4.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
5.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.