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Texas False Potato Beetle

Leptinotarsa texana Schaeffer 1906

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Chrysomelinae, Tribe Chrysomelini

cf: Leptinotarsa juncta, Leptinotarsa texana


Leptinotarsa texana Schaeffer

(on Croton)

NABA Butterfly Park, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX
December 07, 2005 (J Dauphin)

Range: Natural distribution from Southern Texas to Mexico. Introduced to South Africa.

Hosts: Primarily: Solanum elaeagnifolium - the silver leafed nightshade.

Similar Species

This genus contains more than 40 species distributed throughout much of North and South America, with at least 10 species occurring north of Mexico, primarily in the southwestern U.S.

Texas Taxa:

Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) - Colorado Potato Beetle - Wide spread
Leptinotarsa defecta
Leptinotarsa haldemani (Rogers)
Leptinotarsa juncta (Germar) - Eastern U.S.
Leptinotarsa lineolata (Stal) 
Leptinotarsa texana


Satansbos (Satan's Bush) Leaf Beetle - Plant Health - Pest and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)
Colorado Potato Beetle
- Featured Creatures - Richard L. Jacques, Jr. and Thomas R. Fasulo


Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Scott Bauer
Beginning of flight of Colorado beetle - Pavel Korzunovich
Colorado Potato Beetles having lunch 
CPB head shot


Leptinotarsa decemlineata

Biography: Charles Frederick August Schaeffer (1860-1934)

Burke, H.R. 2004. Notable Weevil Specialists of the Past. Curculio, 49: 5-7.

"His favorite collecting site in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was the Esperanza Ranch located a few miles east of Brownsville, TX. Many species of Coleoptera, as well as members of other orders, have the Esperanza Ranch site as their type locality. Unfortunately, this entomologically important site of original dense shrubs and woods along the Resaca de la Palma has succumbed to urbanization and exists no more as a viable biological entity."


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Burke, H.R. 2004. Notable Weevil Specialists of the Past. Curculio, 49: 5-7.

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.

Hsiao, T. 1986. Specificity of Certain Chrysomelid Beetles for Solanaceae. Pp.345-363. in: Solanaceae: Biology and Systematics, Second International Symposium. Columbia University Press, New York.

Jacques, R.J., Jr. 1988. The Potato Beetles: The Genus Leptinotarsa in North America; Flora & Fauna Handbooks No. 3.E.J. Brill. 144. 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; Part II - Coleoptera, Diptera, Neuroptera, Siphonaptera, Mecoptera, Trichoptera. Edwards Bros., Inc., Ann Arbor. 416 pp.

Riley, C.V. 1867. The Colorado potato-beetle. Prairie Farmer 20: 389.

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.

Schaeffer, C. 1906. On new and known genera and species of the family Chrysomelidae. Brooklyn Institute Museum Science Bulletin 1(9): 221-253.

08 Dec 2008   Mike Quinn / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information