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Genus Plagiodera

Plagiodera versicolora  - Plagiodera versicolora Chrysomelidae - Plagiodera californica Salix interior host - Plagiodera versicolora imported willow leaf beetle larvae - Plagiodera versicolora Red and Black Leaf Beetle - Plagiodera arizonae Willow Leaf Beetle - Plagiodera versicolora Plagiodera arizonae? - Plagiodera arizonae Plagiodera arizonae? - Plagiodera arizonae
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 Plagiodera
Explanation of Names
Plagiodera Chevrolat 1836
Greek 'oblique-necked'(1)
4 spp. (incl. one adventive) in 3 subgenera in our area, 7 subgenera total(2)
nearly worldwide; in our area, the adventive P. versicolora widespread in ne. NA (to MB & NC), the native spp. in sw. US (CO-TX-CA)(2)
in our area, P. thymaloides on Xylosma flexuosa, the rest on Populus & Salix(2)
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
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.