Texas Beetle Information

Return to Texas Entomology - Compiled by Mike Quinn

Banded Cucumber Beetle

Diabrotica balteata LeConte, 1865

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Luperini

cf. D. barberi, D. tibialis, D. undecimpunctata

Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas
November 08, 2004 (M Stangeland & K Davis)

Texas County Records for Diabrotica balteata  

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Dec. 2005

Range: Southern United States to Colombia, Venezuela

Adult Activity: Year round in south Texas

Hosts: Nearly omnivorous, all plant parts are attacked, but the larvae feed only on the roots.

Similar Species: This genus includes more than 350 described species, eight of which occur north of Mexico.

Texas Taxa:

Diabrotica barberi R. Smith & Lawrence
Diabrotica balteata
Diabrotica cristata (Harris)
Diabrotica lemniscata LeConte
Diabrotica longicornis (Say) 
Diabrotica tibialis Jacoby
Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber
Diabrotica virgifera zeae Krysan & R. Smith


banded cucumber beetle - John L. Capinera, University of Florida
Diabrotica balteata - Pest and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)


Diabrotica balteata 


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.

Branson, T.F. &  J.L. Krysan, 1987. Laboratory biology of Diabrotica tibialis and a closely related Diabrotica species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 60(3): 446-450.

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.

Jacoby, M. 1887. Biologia Centrali-Americana, Insecta, Coleoptera, Galerucidae, 6(1):497-584.

Krysan, J. 1986. Introduction: Biology, distribution, and identification of pest Diabrotica. Pages 1-24 In: J.L. Krysan & T.A. Miller (editors). Methods for the Study of Pest Diabrotica. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Lawson, F.A. 1991. Chrysomelidae. Pages: 568-585 In: F. W. Stehr, (editor) Immature Insects Vol. 2. Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa.

LeConte, J.L. 1865. On the species of Galeruca and allied genera inhabiting North America. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia, 17:204-222.

Marsh, H.O. 1912. Biologic notes on some species of Diabrotica in southern Texas. USDA Bureau of Entomology Bulletin 82: 76-84.

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.

Saba, F. 1970. Host plant spectrum and temperature limitations of Diabrotica balteata. Canadian Entomologist 102: 684-691.

Smith, R.F.,  & J.F. Lawrence. 1967. Clarification of the status of the type specimens of Diabrotica (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae). University of California Publications in Entomology, Vol. 45. University of California Press, Berkeley. 

Wilcox, J.A. 1965. A synopsis of the North American Galerucinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Bulletin of the New York State Museum Survey, 400:1-226.

08 Dec 2005   Mike Quinn / entomike@gmail.com / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information