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Species Xanthonia vagans

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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 Eumolpinae
Tribe Adoxini
No Taxon (Section Leprotites)
Genus Xanthonia
Species vagans (Xanthonia vagans)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xanthonia vagans (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Trichotheca vagans LeConte, 1884
Explanation of Names
vagan (L). 'wandering' (1)
Size large, length 3.8–5.2 mm (2)
distinctive because of large size, greatly enlarged tooth of the anterior femur, clavate anterior tibiae (2)
ground color of dorsum medium to dark brownish, elytra usually with vague dark streaks enhanced by arrangement of variable light and dark colored elytral hairs (2)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
AZ to c. TX / Sonora, Méx. Map (2)(3)(4), (the Utah record reported by Horn (1892) has not been verified (5))
Apr-Aug (BG data)
likely a juniper specialist (Juniperus, Cupressaceae) (3)(6)(2)
Life Cycle
freq. comes to lights (2)
species originally based on one specimen collected by Gustaf Belfrage in Texas (LeConte 1884), probably from the vicinity of Bosque County where Gustaf Belfrage lived from 1868 to 1882 (Geiser 1948).
See Also
Xanthonia marquai Riley & Quinn
- Range: Davis Mtns of w. TX
Print References
Geiser, S.W. 1948. Naturalists of the frontier. Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas. 296 pp.
Horn, G.H. 1892. The Eumolpini of Boreal America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 29: 195-234.
LeConte, J.L. 1884. Short studies of North. American Coleoptera (no. 2). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 12: 1-32.
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.A taxonomic review of the Xanthonia species occurring in Texas (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Eumolpinae)
Riley, E.G., D.M. Weisman, and M.A. Quinn. 2019. Zootaxa 4668(1): 001–029.
3.Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.
Quinn, M.A. 2000. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
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.