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Lord Leaf Beetle

Coleothorpa dominicana (Fabricius)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Clytrini

cf: Coscinoptera aeneipennis

A female forming it's egg encrustation, i.e., each egg covered with fecal platelets.

Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts
June 3, 2004 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Coleothorpa dominicana franciscana

State Record Data per Riley et al. 2003

State Records for Coleothorpa dominicana dominicana 

State Record Data per Riley et al. 2003

Range: Wide spread in U.S. and Canada, except West Coast  (Riley et al. 2003).

Hosts: Polyphagous, larvae reported from 11 plant families, adults from five plant families (Clark et al. 2004)

Adult Activity: March 3-June 27 in Alabama based on 18 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972)


Pronotum and under surfaces with conspicuous white pubescence, mandibles of males notably enlarged. 

This species is divided into two subspecies. The more western populations have the elytra conspicuously hairy, whereas in the more eastern populations the elytra are largely glabrous (Moldenke 1970).

Biology: The larvae have sometimes been found in association with ants (Clark et al. 2004).

Similar Species: Seven species (and many subspecies) are found in the Nearctic Region (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa:

Coleothorpa axillaris (LeConte) 
Coleothorpa dominicana dominicana (Fabricius)
Coleothorpa dominicana franciscana (LeConte)
Coleothorpa mucorea (LeConte) 
Coleothorpa vittigera (LeConte) 


Coleothorpa dominicana - Identification guide to the Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains - Edward G. Riley
Research reports on Clytrinae and other Chrysomelidae - Andy Moldenke


Coscinoptera species - Insects of Cedar Creek
Coscinoptera dominicana dominicana - Auburn

Etymology: dominic (L). Of a Lord  (Borror 1960)


Moldenke (1981) considered most of the Nearctic species previously assigned to Coscinoptera sufficiently distinct as to warrant separation into Coleothorpa. Coscinoptera aeneipennis is still a valid taxon (Arnett et al. 2002).

Type Speciemens:

Original combination: Coscinoptera dorsalis LeConte, 1884 
Current name: Coscinoptera dominicana (Fabricius)


Original combination: Coscinoptera franciscana LeConte, 1859 
Current name: Coscinoptera dominicana franciscana


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.

Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. 134 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.

Gilbert, A.J. 1981. A new species of Coscinoptera Lacordaire from California (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 57: 364-370.

Jolivet, P. 1988. Food habits and food selection of Chrysomelidae. Bionomic and Evolutionary Perspectives. Pp. 1-24. in: P. Jolivet, E. Petitpierre, & T. H. Hsiao. (editors) Biology of Chrysomelidae. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. xxiv + 615 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. 

Moldenke, A.R. 1981. A generic reclassification of the New World Clytrinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) with a description of new species. Ent. Arb. Mus. Frey 29: 87-116. 

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.

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