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Species Longitarsus varicornis

Alticini - Longitarsus varicornis - female Flea Beetle - Longitarsus varicornis Longitarsus varicornis Suffrian - Longitarsus varicornis Red flea beetle - Longitarsus varicornis Red flea beetle - Longitarsus varicornis Small red flea beetle - Longitarsus varicornis Small red flea beetle - Longitarsus varicornis
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 Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Longitarsus Genus Group)
Genus Longitarsus
Species varicornis (Longitarsus varicornis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Longitarsus heliophyti Horn 1889
Explanation of Names
Longitarsus varicornis Suffrian 1868
varicornis 'with mottled horns/antennae'
1.9-2.1 mm(1)
Shining red-brown, each elyron with mid-lateral brown-black cloud.
The 3 basal segments of antennae yellow, with joints 2, 3, and 4 successively longer.
Anterior and middle legs yellow. Posterior legs and venter red-brown. (1)
se. US (GA-FL to OK-TX) to S. Amer. - Map (2)(3)
hosts: Heliotropium spp. (Boraginaceae)(4)
Print References
Horn, G.H. 1889. A synopsis of the Halticini of boreal America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 16: 163–320.
Internet References
Horn's Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
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.