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Species Leptinotarsa texana - Texas Potato Beetle

Kerria Chrysomelid on the ground - Leptinotarsa texana Kerria Chrysomelid - on my thumb - Leptinotarsa texana Texas Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa texana Leptinotarsa texana Schaeffer - Leptinotarsa texana Leptinotarsa texana Schaeffer - Leptinotarsa texana leaf beetle - Leptinotarsa texana leaf beetle - Leptinotarsa texana Beetle - Leptinotarsa texana
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 Chrysomelinae
Tribe Chrysomelini
Subtribe Doryphorina
Genus Leptinotarsa
Species texana (Texas Potato Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptinotarsa texana Schaeffer
Orig. Comb: Leptinotarsa decemlineata var texana Schaeffer, 1906
At least 10 spp n. of Mex (1)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2009
TX-OK / Mex. (introduced into South Africa) (2)(BG data) [also unconfirmed records from ar, la, mo]
Adults and larvae both feed on foliage of the Silver-leaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) and other spp. of Solanum. (3)
Life Cycle
See: Jacques (1988) (4)
Type Locality: Esperaza Ranch, Brownsville, Cameron Co., Texas
See Also
Colorado PB vs. Texas PB

Decemlineata (CPB) has a irregular double row of punctures bordering each elytral stria [mid-line] whereas ... texana (TPB) has a single row of punctures. (per John R. Watts)
Print References
Cuda, J.P., P.E. Parker, B.R. Coon, F.E. Vasquez, J.M. Harrison. 2002. Evaluation of exotic Solanum spp. (Solanales: Solanaceae) in Florida as host plants for the leaf beetles Leptinotarsa defecta and L. texana (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Florida Entomologist 85(4): 599-610. Full PDF
Neck, R.W. 1983. Foodplant ecology and geographical range of the Colorado potato beetle and a related species (Leptinotarsa spp.) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 37(2): 177-182.
Schaeffer, C. 1906. On new and known genera and species of the family Chrysomelidae. Brooklyn Institute Museum Science Bulletin 1(9): 221-253. Full Text
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
Type Info - Smithsonian
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
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.
4.The Potato Beetles: The Genus Leptinotarsa in North America (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)
Jacques, R.L. 1988. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 144 pp.