Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Capraita circumdata

Flea beetle - Capraita circumdata Capraita circumdata Capraita circumdata flea beetle - Capraita circumdata Capraita circumdata C. circumdata? - Capraita circumdata Sign beetle - Capraita circumdata Flea Beetle - Capraita circumdata
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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Oedionychis Genus Group)
Genus Capraita
Species circumdata (Capraita circumdata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Capraita circumdata (Randall)
Orig. Comb: Haltica circumdata Randall, 1838
e. N. Amer. (TX-FL-QC-IA) (1)
"Apparently a generalist: BugGuide images show this species eating flowers of spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) and foliage of white ash (Fraxinus americana) and Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)." (Charley's comment moved from C. thyamoides page, rendered inapplicable there as a result of the latest developments. =v=)) Clark et al. (2) report having found this species feeding on the bracts at the bases of flowering dogwood (Cornaceae: Cornus florida) flower clusters, and on (presumably foliage of) possumhaw (Aquifoliaceae: Ilex decidua), trumpet creeper (Bignoniaceae: Campsis radicans), common dittany (Lamiaceae: Cunila origanoides), ash (Oleaceae: Fraxinus spp.), smooth yellow false foxglove (Scrophulariaceae: Aureolaria flava), and mullein foxglove (Scrophulariaceae: Dasistoma macrophylla). They list honeysuckle and snowberry among the many other plants these beetles have been found on, but the BugGuide record (assuming the beetle is correctly identified) may be the first documentation of actual feeding on a member of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
=v='s avis:
Anthony Deczynski told me that "none of the [photos] IDed as Capraita thyamoides are correct. C. thyamoides lacks humeral callosities, which appear in all the images. Most of them are probably C. circumdata, although some other species have variations which look similar. I would recommend placing them all in this species and I will comment if I find any which appear to be different. I found a single image of the true C. thyamoides in the unidentified [Alticini], which I commented on." (pers. comm.)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.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.