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Pine Chrysomelid

Glyptoscelis pubescens (Fabricius)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Eumolpinae, Tribe Eumolpini


Harvard, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
May 4, 2005 (Tom Murray)

Glyptoscelis pubescens State Records

Map Source: Riley et al. 2003

Adult Activity: March 19-June 22 in Alabama based on 24 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972)

Host Plants

This species is associated with Pinaceae, having been reported from Abies, Picea, Pinus (many spp.) and Tsuga. All records from plants other than Pinaceae were likely either incidental or based on misidentified beetles. (Clark et al. 2004)

Similar Species

Thirty-five species comprise this genus which ranges from Argentina and Chile north to southern Canada. Most of the 26 species found in America north of Mexico occur in the western United States, only a few species are present in the east (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa:

Glyptoscelis albicans Baly 
Glyptoscelis cryptica
Glyptoscelis prosopis
Glyptoscelis pubescens

Weblink: Glyptoscelis pubescens (Fabricius) - Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountains NP - Edward G. Riley


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Balsbaugh, E.U. & K.L. Hays. 1972. Leaf beetles of Alabama. Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 441:1-223.

Blake, D.H. 1967. Revision of the Beetles of Genus Glyptoscelis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Proc. USNM 123(3604):1-53.

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.

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Flowers, R.W., D.G. Furth & M.C. Thomas. 1994. Notes on the distribution and biology of some Florida leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 49(1): 79-89. 

Klein, M.G. & H. C. Coppel. 1969. The pine chrysomelid, Glyptoscelis pubescens, in northwestern Wisconsin. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 62(1):1-7.

Krauss, N.L.H. 1937. A Study of the Genus Glyptoscelis LeConte in America North of Mexico . Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol., 7(2): 21-32.

Loan, C.C., M. G. Klein & H. C. Coppel. 1969. Microctonus glyptosceli n. sp., a parasite of Glyptoscelis pubescens (F.) in Wisconsin. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 71(2): 230-33.

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.

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