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Species Neogalerucella pusilla

Neogalerucella pusilla
Classification
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 Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Galerucini
No Taxon (Section Atysites)
Genus Neogalerucella (Purple Loosestrife Beetles)
Species pusilla (Neogalerucella pusilla)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Galerucella pusilla (Duftschmid 1825)
Explanation of Names
Neogalerucella pusilla (Duftschmid 1825)
Identification
usually pale, with dark spots on vertex and shoulders. less frequently with pattern like N. calmariensis.
safe recognition (and separation from native species) by male genitalia.
Range
native to, and widespread in the Palaearctic (Europe to China), introduced to NA and now established across Canada & n. US(1)(2)
Food
host: Lythrum salicaria(1)
Remarks
introduced to combat the invasive Lythrum weeds(3)
Internet References
Habitus and genitalia on European Chrysomelidae webpage
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera Poloniae
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
3.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.