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Pigweed Flea Beetle

Disonycha glabrata (Fabricius)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini



(note enlarged hind femora characteristic of Flea Beetle tribe)

Donna, Hidalgo Co., Texas 
May 15, 1998 (M Quinn)

Texas County Records for Disonycha glabrata

Texas County Records for Disonycha glabrata

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

Larval Hosts: Amaranthus spp., family Amaranthaceae (Clark et al. 2004)

Similar Species: This genus is comprised of 145 described species and is restricted to the New World. There are 36 species of Disonycha north of Mexico.

Texas Taxa: (per Riley et al. 2003)

Disonycha admirabila Blatchley 
Disonycha alabamae Schaeffer 
Disonycha alternata (Illiger)
Disonycha arizonae Casey 
Disonycha balsbaughi Blake
Disonycha barberi Blake 
Disonycha caroliniana (Fabricius) 
Disonycha collata (Fabricius) 
Disonycha discoidea (Fabricius) 
Disonycha fumata (LeConte) 
Disonycha glabrata (Fabricius) 
Disonycha leptolineata Blatchley 
Disonycha pensylvanica (Illiger) 
Disonycha pluriligata (LeConte) 
Disonycha politula Horn 
Disonycha procera Casey 
Disonycha stenosticha Schaeffer 
Disonycha tenuicornis Horn 
Disonycha triangularis (Say) 
Disonycha varicornis Horn
Disonycha xanthomelas (Dalman)

Etymology: Disonycha glabrata (Fabricius)

dis (G). Separate, apart; double, two
nyc, -t, -ti, -to (G). Night
glabr (L). Smooth

Biography: Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808), Danish botanist and entomologist - Wikipedia


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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.

30 Aug 2012   Mike Quinn / entomike@gmail.com / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information