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Species Microrhopala vittata - Goldenrod Leaf Miner

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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 Chalepini
Genus Microrhopala
Species vittata (Goldenrod Leaf Miner)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microrhopala vittata (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Hispa vittata Fabricius 1798
Explanation of Names
vittata (L). 'striped' (1)
9 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
The dull reddish stripes on the elytra, the eight-segmented antennae and the smooth (not serrate or toothed) elytral margins distinguish this species(3)
Fairly variable in coloration: specimens from different host plants having different color patterns which has led to a number of synonyms (Comment by Dr. Staines)
widely dist. (CA-GA-NB-BC) (4)(5), though no so. US records reported to BG...
Goldenrod (Solidago, Asteraceae)(6)
adults often found crawling among the leaves of goldenrod bunch galls made by Rhopalomyia solidaginis
Internet References
Fact Sheet - E.G. Riley
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Identification guide to the Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
4.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.
5.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska
6.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.