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Urodera crucifera texana Schaeffer, 1919

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Clytrini


 

Urodera crucifera texana Schaeffer, 1919

Rio Grande City, Starr Co., TX
November 3, 2004 (Bill Bouton)


Range: Texas & Mexico

Hosts: Adults are associated with Caesalpinaceae and Mimosaceae (Fabaceae).

Similar Species: Two species are found in the Nearctic Region. Two additional species are present in Mexico and Central America.

Texas Taxa:

Urodera dilaticollis Jacoby - Arizona to Texas, south to Northern Mexico
Urodera crucifera texana Schaeffer - South Texas, Mexico

Biography: Charles Frederick August Schaeffer (1860-1934)

Burke, H.R. 2004. Notable Weevil Specialists of the Past. Curculio, 49: 5-7.

"His favorite collecting site in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was the Esperanza Ranch located a few miles east of Brownsville, TX. Many species of Coleoptera, as well as members of other orders, have the Esperanza Ranch site as their type locality. Unfortunately, this entomologically important site of original dense shrubs and woods along the Resaca de la Palma has succumbed to urbanization and exists no more as a viable biological entity."


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 LLC, Boca Raton, FL. xiv + 861 pp.

Burke, H.R. 2004. Notable Weevil Specialists of the Past. Curculio, 49: 5-7.

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.

Moldenke, A.R. 1970. A Revision of the Clytrinae of North America North of the Isthmus of Panama (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Stanford University, Stanford. 310 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.


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