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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Chrysomela

Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle - Chrysomela Leaf beetle from Banff 10.07.10 - Chrysomela Leaf beetle - Chrysomela mainensis Shiny Leaf Beetle - Chrysomela schaefferi Logan Pass larvae - Chrysomela Chrysomela scripta - Cottonwood Leaf Beetle - Chrysomela scripta leaf beetle - Chrysomela aeneicollis Unidentified Beetle larvae - Chrysomela
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 Chrysomelina
Genus Chrysomela
Explanation of Names
Chrysomela Linnaeus 1758
17 spp. (in 3 subgenera) in our area(1)
Species determination in this genus is difficult. Confident identification often requires long series of specimens, viewing of the ventral areas, and especially knowledge of the host plant. Chrysomela schaefferi is unusual in being rather distinctive. --S.M. Clark
Holarctic; more diverse in the north(1)
mostly on Salix, Populus (Salicaceae)(2)
Print References
Brown W.J. (1956) The New World species of Chrysomela L. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canadian Entomologist 88: 1-54.
Works Cited
1.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.
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.