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Genus Plateumaris

Purple Metallic Beetle - Plateumaris Beetle - Plateumaris Black bug - Plateumaris Beetle - Plateumaris Plateumaris pusilla - female beetle  - Plateumaris Chryso - Plateumaris Aquatic leaf beetle? - Plateumaris
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 Donaciinae (Aquatic Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Plateumarini
Genus Plateumaris
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plateumaris Thomson 1866
17 spp. in our area, 23 total(1)
shape of pygidium is a key feature in differentiating spp. (2)
Holarctic, incl. much of NA (by far more diverse in the north)(1)
Hosts are mostly Cyperaceae, but also include some Juncaceae, Acorus calamus (Araceae), Caltha palustris (Ranunculaceae), Phragmites communis (Gramineae) and Iris versicolor (Iridaceae). (3)
See Also
separating from Donacia: see here
Print References
Schaeffer, C. 1925. Revision of the New World species of the tribe Donaciini of the coleopterous family Chrysomelidae. Brooklyn Museum Science Bulletin 3(3): 45-164.
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.Leaf and Seed Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2007. Clemson University.
3.Classification, reconstructed phylogeny, and geographic history of the new world members of Plateumaris Thomson, 1859
Askevold, I.S. 1991. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, 123: 5-175.