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Species Metachroma interruptum

leaf beetle - Metachroma interruptum Metachroma interruptum (Say) - Metachroma interruptum
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 Eumolpinae
Tribe Typophorini
Genus Metachroma
Species interruptum (Metachroma interruptum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Metachroma interruptum (Say)
Orig. Comb: Colaspis interrupta Say, 1824
Numbers
~40 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
4.4 - 6.0 mm (2)
Identification
Broadly oblong oval, without strong elytral costae - Blake's (1970) final couplet leading to this sp. (2)
"Apparently this species is more or less dimorphic in its coloring, the male often being entirely pale without dark markings, the female usually with dark spots on pronotum and interrupted vittae on the elytra. In a series from Shreveport, Louisiana, 48 females have dark markings and 23 males either have very faint markings or are entirely pale." (2)
Range
TX-FL-IN-UT (3)
Food
asso. w/ plants in 5 families (4)
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.A Review of the Beetles of the Genus Metachroma Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Blake, Doris Holmes. 1970. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 57: iii + 111 pp.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.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.