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Species Cornulactica varicornis

Cornulactica varicornis (Jacoby) - Cornulactica varicornis Cornulactica varicornis Cornulactica varicornis
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 Cornulactica
Species varicornis (Cornulactica varicornis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cornulactica varicornis (Jacoby)
Orig. Comb: Lactica varicornis Jacoby 1881
Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex.
Range
southmost TX (Cameron Co.) to New Orleans, LA / Mex. to C. Amer. (Jacoby 1881),(BG data),(1), plus one record from Caatinga, Brazil (da Silva Guedes, et al. 2019)
Habitat
broadly along the Gulf coastal plains (Jacoby 1881),(BG data),(1)
Season
US records from May, July, Oct. (BG data)(1)
Food
genus not reported in Clark et al. (2004) (2), but USDA (1985) reports an intercept of this species from Mexico on Musa sp. (Musaceae), a genus that includes bananas and plantains.
Cornulactica is related to “Monomacra s. lato” that will use Passiflora spp. and some on Bumelia, but those seem unlikely [hosts] to me. (E.G. Riley, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2020)
Life Cycle
all three US records came to lights (BG data)(1)
Remarks
known from three US records as of Jan. 2020:
Brownsville, Cameron Co., Texas - Oct. 2002 (BG data) - (not included in Riley et al. (2003)(3))
618 Robert St, New Orleans, Louisiana - May 2019 (1)
Allen Acres, Pitkin, Vernon Parish, Louisiana - July 2019 (BG data)
Print References
Jacoby, M. 1881. Biologia Centrali-Americana: Insecta, Coleoptera, Phytophaga (part). (6)1 (Supp.) Pg: 346, Plate 43, Fig. 24.
da Silva Guedes, R., et al. 2019. Composition and species richness of the community of Coleoptera (Insecta) in the Caatinga. Iheringia, Sér. Zool. 109: 1-14. (Full Text)
USDA, APHIS, PPQ. 1985. List of Intercepted Plant Pests Fiscal Year 1984. APHIS 82-11: i-191. (Full PDF)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.iNaturalist
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.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.