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Species Plagiodera versicolora - Imported Willow Leaf Beetle

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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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Chrysomelina
Genus Plagiodera
Species versicolora (Imported Willow Leaf Beetle)
Other Common Names
Willow Leaf Beetle
Explanation of Names
Plagiodera versicolora (Laicharting 1781)
versicolora (L). 'various colors' (1)
Size
3.5-4.5 mm
Range
Holarctic(2); in our area, east of the Mississippi R., mostly northeastern (map)(3)
Food
Willow (Salix) and poplar (Populus) leaves
Life Cycle
Hibernating adults emerge in the spring. Three generations, usually the third one hibernates. There may even be a fourth generation.
Remarks
considered a pest
Print References
Wade M.J. (1994) The biology of the imported willow leaf beetle, Plagiodera versicolora (Laicharting). Novel aspects of the biology of Chrysomelidae, Series Entomologica 50: 541-547 (Abstract)
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