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Basswood Leaf Miner

Baliosus nervosus (Panzer)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cassidinae, Tribe Chalepini


Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
July 15, 2004 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Baliosus nervosus

State Record Data from Riley et al. 2003

Host Plants

American Basswood (Tilia americana), family Tiliaceae is the normal host, but has been reported from seven other families including Fagaceae (Oaks), Salicaceae (Willows) and Rosaceae (Clark et al. 2004).

Tilia americana L. - American basswood - USDA Plant Profile

Adult Activity: March 31-September 8 based on 12 specimens in Alabama (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972)

Similar Species: Only two species occur north of Mexico, about 40 additional species assigned to the genus occur in the Neotropics (Arnett et al. 2002).

Baliosus californicus (Horn) - AZ, CA, OR
Baliosus nervosus (Panzer) - Generally distributed in the eastern United States and adjacent Canada, west to Utah.


Baliosus nervosus (Panzer)
        Baliosus ruber
(Weber) - synonym


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.

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.

Ford, E.J. & J.F. Cavey. 1985. Biology and larval descriptions of some Maryland Hispinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 39(1):36-59.

Hodson, A.C. 1942. Biological notes on the basswood leaf-miner, Baliosus ruber. (Weber). J. of Econo. Entomo. 35(4):570-573. 745

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.

Staines, C.L. 2002. The New World tribes and genera of hispines (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 104(3): 721-784. Abstract.

08 Jan 2006   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information