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Species Odontota dorsalis - Locust Leaf Miner

Which beetle, please? - Odontota dorsalis Locust Leaf Miner - Odontota dorsalis Beetle - Odontota dorsalis Lopidea or Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus? - Odontota dorsalis Leaf Beetle - Odontota dorsalis Locust Leaf Miner - Odontota dorsalis Odontata dorsalis - Odontota dorsalis Odontota or thereabouts? - Odontota dorsalis
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 Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Genus Odontota
Species dorsalis (Locust Leaf Miner)
Other Common Names
Locust Leaf Miner (larvae mine the inside of leaves of locust trees)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Odontota dorsalis (Thunberg)
Orig. Comb: Chalepus dorsalis Thunberg, 1805
Identification
Adult has overall orange-colored pronotum and elytra, with a widening black stripe along the elytra.
Species profile by E.G. Riley (1)

Perhaps a mimic of Lycids; compare:
Range
e NA (LA-FL-QC-MB) (2)
Food
Robinia pseudoacacia (Fabaceae) is an especially favored larval and adult host; also found on many other Fabaceae, incl. herbaceous spp. (3)
Remarks
O. dorsalis lays eggs on leaf undersides in masses of 3-5, and a brown spot appears on the upper leaf surface above the egg mass. The larvae enter the leaf through one hole and together form a single blotch mine. On the other hand the lepidopteran mines on locust leaves have one larva per mine, and their legs are not as well developed as those of Odontota. (C. Eiseman).
See Also
O. horni is similar but the pale ground color is strongly reddish and the black sutural area of the elytra is much narrower.
Works Cited
1.Identification guide to the Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Host Plants of Leaf Beetle Species Occuring in the United States and Canada
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.