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Northern Plantain Flea Beetle

Dibolia borealis Chevrolat

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini


Bolton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
May 13, 2005 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Dibolia borealis

State Record Data from Riley et al. 2003

Host Plants: This species feed on species of Plantago (Plantaginaceae) (Clark et al. 2004).

Adult Activity: April to September 

Biology: Larvae mine the leaves of their host plants (Arnett et al. 2002).

Similar Species

More than 60 species found mostly in the Holarctic Region comprise this genus.
Thirteen species are recorded from America north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa: (per Riley et al. 2003)

Dibolia borealis Chevrolat 
Dibolia championi
Dibolia sinuata


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.

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.

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.

Hawthorn, W.R. 1978. Some effects of different Plantago species on feeding preferences and egg laying in the flea beetle Dibolia borealis Chev. (Chrysomelidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 56: 1507-1513.

Parry, R.H. 1974. Revision of the genus Dibolia Latreille in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canad. J. Zool. 52: 1317-1354.

Peterson, A. 1951. Larvae of Insects: Part II, Coleoptera, Diptera, Neuroptera, Siphonaptera, Mecoptera, Trichoptera. Edwards Bros., Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich. 416 p.

Reed, H. 1927. Some observations on the leaf-mining flea-beetle Dibolia borealis Chevrolat. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 20: 540-549.

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.

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