Texas Beetle Information

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Twin-shielded Leaf Beetle

Paranapiacaba connexa (J. L. LeConte, 1865)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Luperini


 

Paranapiacaba connexa (J. L. LeConte, 1865)

Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
January 5, 2007 (P Crispin)


Range: Texas, Mexico

Flight Period: Specimens from every month except October & December in the TAMUIC.

Host: This species feeds on members of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae

Similar Species

This genus includes more than 60 described species. (Arnett et al. 2002).
However only two range north of Mexico:

Paranapiacaba connexa (J. L. LeConte, 1865) - TX / Mex.
Paranapiacaba tricincta
(Say, 1824) - AZ, Co, KS, NM, SD, TX, UT, WY / Mex.


References:

Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Clark, S.M., D.G. LeDoux, T.N. Seeno, E.G. Riley, A.J. Gilbert & J.M. Sullivan. 2004. Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae, Chrysomelidae exclusive of Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.

Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, & T.N. Seeno. 2003. Catalog of the leaf beetles of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae and Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 1, 290 pp.

Wilcox, J.A. 1965. A synopsis of the North American Galerucinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Bulletin of the New York State Museum Survey, 400:1-226.


09 Dec 2008   Mike Quinn / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information