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Northern Corn Rootworm

Diabrotica barberi R. Smith & Lawrence

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Luperini

cf. D. balteata, D. tibialis, D. undecimpunctata

Dixville, Coos Co., New Hampshire
August 31, 2004 (Tom Murray)

Larval Hosts: Corn

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

Texas Taxa:

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


Northern Corn Rootworm - Tom Murray


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