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Species Epitrix fuscula - Eggplant Flea 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 (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Crepidodera Genus Group)
Genus Epitrix
Species fuscula (Eggplant Flea Beetle)
Other Common Names
Explanation of Names
Epitrix fuscula Crotch 1873
fusc (L). 'dusky, brown' (1)
12 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Adult length: 2 mm

Det. E. G. Riley, 2011
e US (TX-FL-NY-NE) (2)
mostly: May-Aug (BG data)
Eggplant, potato, horsenettle, tobacco (all family Solanaceae). Non-solanaceous records are probably not normal hosts and/or are likely incidental associations. (3)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in the soil in spring. Larvae fed on roots and tubers for 2 - 3 weeks. They pupate in the soil and emerge as adult beetles 7 - 10 days later. Beetles feed on leaves for about two months. There may be to four generations per year. This species overwinters as an adult beetle in the soil or in crop debris.
May be very damaging to root crops in the larval stage and to young seedlings when feeding on the leaves as an adult.
Print References
Crotch, G.R. 1873. Materials for the study of the Phytophaga of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 25: 19-83.
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 occurring in the United States and Canada
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.