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Rock Leaf Beetles - Saxinis sp.

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Clytrini


Piute Mtn, Kern Co, California
4 June 2004 (Bill Bouton)

Hosts: This genus feeds on a diverse array of plants.

Biology: Saxinis saucia have been found in association with ants (Molderke 1970).

Similar Species: There are 10 species of Saxinis north of Mexico.

Texas Taxa: (Riley et al, 2003)

Saxinis apicalis LeConte
Saxinis knausii Schaeffer
Saxinis omogera Lacordaire
Saxinis sinuata Schaeffer
Saxinis sonorensis Jacoby
Saxinis subpubescens Schaeffer


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.

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. 

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.

Spruyt, F.J. 1925. Observations on the egg-laying habits of Saxinis saucia LeC. (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 1: 176-178.

31 Dec 2005   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information