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Species Asphaera lustrans - Shiny Flea Beetle

Beetle on beautyberry - Asphaera lustrans Shining flea beetle - Asphaera lustrans Beetle - Asphaera lustrans BG2510 C3122 - Asphaera lustrans BG2510 C3122 - Asphaera lustrans BG2510 C3122 - Asphaera lustrans Asphaera lustrans Chrysomelidae - Asphaera lustrans
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 (Asphaera Genus Group)
Genus Asphaera
Species lustrans (Shiny Flea Beetle)
Other Common Names
In Florida, sometimes called the 'Gator Beetle' - due to the orange and blue-black colors approximating those of the UF Gators...
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Asphaera lustrans (Crotch)
Orig. Comb: Oedionychus lustrans Crotch 1873
Explanation of Names
lustr (L). 'shining, pure, washed' (1)
adult ~7 mm, larva to ~10 mm

body entirely orange except for blue-black elytra; larva light yellow-orange
e US to AZ (AZ-FL-SC-NE) / Mex. (2)(BG data)
host: skullcap (Scutellaria, Lamiaceae)(3)
See Also
Disonycha varicornis (CA-TX)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2013
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn 2008
Type - MCZ, Harvard
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.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.