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Species Systena elongata - Elongate 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)
Genus Systena
Species elongata (Elongate Flea Beetle)
Has a single straight yellow stripe along each elytron, which curves in slightly at the apex (posterior end). Can be distinguished from Systena blanda by the pronotum, which is typically black in S. elongata and dull orange ("pale testaceous") in S. blanda.(1)
US (transcontinental, NY-FL to WA-CA) & MB(2)
reported from a wide variety of plants, incl. crops such as celery, cabbage, turnip, spinach, peanut, soybean, various beans, corn, peppers, tomato, eggplant, and grape(3)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera of the United States
Melsheimer, F. E. 1847.
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.