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Haldeman's Green Potato Beetle

Leptinotarsa haldemani (Rogers)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Chrysomelinae, Tribe Chrysomelini


Leptinotarsa haldemani (Rogers)

Zilker Botanical Garden
Austin, Travis County, Texas
March 2007 (Scott Young)

Range: AZ, NM, OK, TX / Mexico, Central America (Riley et al, 2003)

Hosts: Members of the Solanaceae or Night-Shade family (Clark et al, 2004)

Similar Species

This genus contains more than 40 species distributed throughout much of North and South America, with at least 10 species occurring north of Mexico, primarily in the southwestern U.S.

Texas Taxa:

Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) - Colorado Potato Beetle - Wide spread
Leptinotarsa defecta
Leptinotarsa haldemani (Rogers)
Leptinotarsa juncta (Germar) 
Leptinotarsa lineolata (Stal) 
Leptinotarsa texana


Samuel Stehman Haldeman (1812 1880) - Wikipedia
Horace Haldeman (1820 1883) - Horace R. Burke, Handbook of Texas

Horace Haldeman was one of the first persons to concentrate on collecting insects in Texas. He sent his specimens, mostly beetles, to his entomologist brother, Samuel S. Haldeman, and a noted coleopterist, John L. LeConte, for description.


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06 Sep 2008   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information