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Genus Phyllobrotica

Phyllobrotica limbata (Fabricius) - Phyllobrotica limbata - female Phyllobrotica sororia Horn - Phyllobrotica sororia beetle - Phyllobrotica limbata Phyllobrotica sororia 6008018 Phyllobrotica - Phyllobrotica limbata Phyllobrotica sequoiensis - male Phyllobrotica decorata? - Phyllobrotica decorata Phyllobrotica sororia from North Central TX - Phyllobrotica sororia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Luperini
Subtribe Luperina-subtribe
Genus Phyllobrotica
Explanation of Names
Phyllobrotica Chevrolat in Dejean 1836
17 spp. in our area(1), ~30 total(2)
mostly holarctic(2); 5 or so spp. widespread...
Several genera of Lamiaceae(2)
Life Cycle
Larvae are endoparasitic in the roots of host plants. The larvae may sequester the iridoids catalpol and aucubin which defend the plant. These are then passed onto the adults which are aposematically colored and have a bitter taste.(3)
Member of the section Phyllobroticites Chapuis 1875
Print References
Farrell B.D., Mitter C. (1990) Phylogenesis of insect-plant interactions: Have Phyllobrotica leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) and the Lamiales diversified in parallel? Evolution 44: 1389-1403. Full text
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
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.Insect Ecology: Behavior, Populations and Communities
P. W. Price, R. F. Denno, M. D. Eubanks. 2011. Cambridge University Press.