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Species Zeugophora scutellaris - Poplar Blackmine Beetle

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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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Megalopodidae (Megalopodid Leaf Beetles)
Genus Zeugophora
Species scutellaris (Poplar Blackmine Beetle)
Other Common Names
Cottonwood Leaf-mining Beetle(1), Cottonwood Leaf Miner
Explanation of Names
Zeugophora scutellaris Suffrian 1840
2.5-3 mm(2)
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(3), adventive in our area: w. NA east to MB(4)(5)
adults emerge in May-Jul
hosts: Populus, Salix, Alnus in NA
larvae make large dark blotch mines in cpoplar/ottonwood leaves(6); may damage cottonwood, poplar, and aspen trees
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