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Brown-headed Flea Beetle

Systena hudsonias (Förster)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini


Brown-headed Flea Beetle - Systena hudsonias (Förster)

Bolton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
September 17, 2004 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Systena hudsonias

Brown-headed Flea Beetle - Systena hudsonias (Förster)

State Record Data from Riley et al. 2003

Host Plants: Polyphagous, recorded from 17 plant families (Clark et al. 2004).

Adult Activity: April 10 to June 27 in Alabama based on 13 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972).

Biology: Larvae feed on roots (Arnett et al. 2002).

Similar Species

About 90 described species comprise this genus which is distributed throughout the New World with most species found in the tropics. 
Nineteen species are recorded from America north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa: (per Riley et al. 2003)

Systena blanda Melsheimer 
Systena collaris Crotch 
Systena corni Schaeffer 
Systena elongata (Fabricius)
Systena frontalis (Fabricius) 
Systena gracilenta Blake 
Systena hudsonias (Forster)
Systena laevis Blake 
Systena marginalis (Illiger) 
Systena mitis (LeConte) 
Systena pallicornis Schaeffer 
Systena sexnotata Fall 

Stamp: Systena sp. - Venezuela


Johann Reinhold Forster (1729 – 1798) - Wikipedia
Johann Georg Adam Forster (1754 – 1794) - Wikipedia


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

Blake, D.H. 1935. Notes on Systena. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society, 30(3): 89-109, pl. 3. 

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Lingafelter, S.W., A.S. Konstantinov, & J.E. Lee. 1998. Systena Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticinae): Notes on nomenclature, redescription of the genus, and a preliminary discussion of characters and phylogenetic relationships. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 100(3): 467 483.

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