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Species Microtheca picea

Microtheca picea (Guérin-Méneville) - Microtheca picea Microtheca picea (Guérin-Méneville) - Microtheca picea
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Entomoscelina
Genus Microtheca
Species picea (Microtheca picea)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microtheca picea (Guérin-Méneville)
Orig. Comb: Prasocuris picea Guérin-Méneville 1829-1844(1844)
Explanation of Names
pica (L). 'pitch black' (1)
2 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
4.1-5.2 mm (Balsbaugh 1978)
TX-FL / Native to S. Amer. - Map (3)(2)(4), rare
Reported from Virginia pepperweed - Lepidium virginicum (Brassicaceae) (5)
Balsbaugh (1978) reported two spmns from Alabama from 1946 and 1957.
Print References
Balsbaugh, Jr., E.U. 1978. A second species of Microtheca Stal (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) found in North America. Coleopterists Bulletin, 32(3): 219-222. JSTOR
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.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.