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Four-spotted Babia Leaf Beetle

Babia quadriguttata (Olivier)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Clytrini


Babia quadriguttata (Olivier)

Chattahoochee Nat'l Rec. Area, 
Medlock Bridge, Georgia
June 10, 2003 (Troy Bartlett)

State Records for Babia quadriguttata

Babia quadriguttata (Olivier)

State Record Data per Riley et al. 2003

Range: New Mexico & Colorado, north to Minnesota, east to Massachusetts, south to Florida  (Riley et al. 2003).

Hosts: Reported from 12 plant families, mostly shrubs and trees (Clark et al. 2004)

Adult Activity: May 3 to July 29 in Alabama based on 15 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972)

ID Note: This is the only black and red Clytrini in the eastern United States - Edward G. Riley

Similar Species: Two species (and a number of subspecies, some questionable) occur north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa:

Babia quadriguttata (Olivier)
Babia tetraspilota J. L. LeConte

Weblinks: Babia quadriguttata quadriguttata - Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains NP - Edward G. Riley

PhotosBabia quadriguttata - Balsbaugh & Hays

Biography: Guillaume Antoine Olivier 1756-1814 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln State Museum - Division of Entomology


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.

Balsbaugh, E.U. & K.L. Hays. 1972. The Leaf beetles of Alabama (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 441:1-223.

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.

07 Jul 2007   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information