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Chrysomelid - Lema confusa

Chrysomelid - Lema confusa
Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
September 24, 2006
Size: 1cm
On a nightshade with fruits resembling a tomatillo.

Moved from Lema trabeata.

Moved from Lema.

This is Lema trabeata and the
This is Lema trabeata and the normal hosts are Physalis (ground cherries) and Datura. The markings are nearing the extreme color form but still show the species specific combination of orange basal and apical spots joined at the sides of the elytra and black pronotum. BTW, tomatillo is a Physalis sp.

Pattern, location consistent with Lema confusa
John, The color pattern and location are consistent with Lema confusa which is only found in southeastern FL (Dade & St. Lucie Co.) per White (1993) (1). This color pattern is rare in Lema trabeata as White found it in just 3 of 55 USNM specimens. Both spp. host on Physalis.

The taxonomic rank of trabeata has been changed back and forth from full sp., to subsp. of Lema confusa and back to full sp. again by White (1993). (2)

This is a species in the subfamily Criocerinae; genus Lema

Thanks for the ID!

What a great shot. Chrysomel
What a great shot. Chrysomelids are some of my favorite insects!!!

Ground-cherry, maybe?

Definitely something to that effect. I will take a picture tommorrow.

Nice one, Sean.

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