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Bronze-winged Coscinop

Coscinoptera aeneipennis (LeConte, 1858)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Clytrini

cf: Coleothorpa dominicana

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas 
November 14, 2005 (Joshua Stuart Rose)

State Records for Coscinoptera aeneipennis

State Record Data per Riley et al. 2003


Southern California to southern Kansas and Arkansas, and south into northern Mexico and the Baja California peninsula (Arnett et al. 2002).


Recorded in association with Acacia, Lotus and Prosopis (Fabaceae), and Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) (Clark et al. 2004)

Similar Species

This genus includes 18 New World species, but only Coscinoptera aeneipennis ranges north of Mexico (Moldenke 1981).

Type Specimen:

Original combination: Euryscopa aeneipennis LeConte, 1858 
Current name: Coscinoptera aeneipennis

Etymology: Coscinoptera aeneipennis (LeConte, 1858)

aene (L). Bronze; bronze-colored
penn, =a, -ati, -i (L). A feather; a wing; feathered


John LeConte (1825-1883) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln State Museum
John Lawrence LeConte (1825-1883) - 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.

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.

LeConte, J.L. 1858. Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera, chiefly collected by the United States and Mexican boundary commission, under Major W.H. Emory, U.S.A. Proceedings Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 10: 59-89.

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: 75-116. 

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.

24 Aug 2008   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information