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Common Willow Calligrapha

Calligrapha multipunctata (Say)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Chrysomelinae, Tribe Chrysomelini



Calligrapha multipunctata specimens curated in the TAMUIC

State Records for Calligrapha multipunctata

State Record Data per Riley et al. 2003

Range: Wide spread in the United States (including Alaska) and Canada (Riley et al. 2003).

Hosts: This species feeds on Willows, Salix spp., Salicaceae (Clark et al. 2004). 

Adult Activity: April 17 to June 20 in Alabama based on 10 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972).

Similar Species

This genus of showy beetles contains more than 80 currently recognized species native to North and South America, with 38 species occurring north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa: (per Riley et al. 2003)

Calligrapha bidenticola Brown
Calligrapha dislocata
Calligrapha fulvipes
Calligrapha lunata (Fabricius)
Calligrapha multipunctata
Calligrapha scalaris
(J. E. LeConte)
Calligrapha serpentina
Calligrapha wickhami

PhotosCalligrapha multipunctata - Insects of Cedar Creek 

Biography: Thomas Say (1787 – 1834) - Wikipedia


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. Leaf beetles of Alabama. Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 441:1-223.

Brown, W.J. Food-plants and distribution of the species of Calligrapha in Canada, with descriptions of new species (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae): Canadian Entomol. 77: 117-133. 

Clark, S.M. & J. F. Cavey. 1995. A new species of Calligrapha (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from eastern North America. Insecta Mundi 9(3-4): 329-334, 6 figs.

Clark, S.M., D.G. LeDoux, T.N. Seeno, E.G. Riley, A.J. Gilbert and 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.

Lawson, F.A. 1991. Chrysomelidae (Chrysomeloidea) pp. 568-593. In: Stehr, F.W. (editor) Immature Insects. Volume 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa. xiv + 975 pp.

Peterson, A. 1951. Larvae of Insects: An introduction to Nearctic species. Part II. Coleoptera, Diptera, Neuroptera, Siphonaptera, Mecoptera, Trichoptera. Edwards Bros., Inc., Ann Arbor. 416 pp.

Monrós, F. 1955. On some new genera of Nearctic Chrysomelinae (Chrysomelidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 9(4): 53-60. 

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.

Wheeler, A.G., Jr. & E.R. Hoebeke. 1979. Biology and seasonal history of Calligrapha spiraeae (Say) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), with descriptions of the immature states. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 33(3): 257-267. 

Wilcox, J.A. 1972. A review of the North American Chrysomelinae leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): New York Museum and Science Service Bulletin, 421: 1–37.

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