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False Potato Beetle

Leptinotarsa juncta (Germar)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Chrysomelinae, Tribe Chrysomelini

cf: Leptinotarsa texana

False Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa juncta (Germar)

Duluth, Gwinnett Co., Georgia
September 11, 2003 (Troy Bartlett)

Texas County Records for Leptinotarsa juncta

False Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa juncta (Germar)

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

Range: Eastern United States to eastern Texas (Sabine County).

Hosts: Primarily: Solanum carolinense - Carolina horsenettle (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


Satansbos (Satan's Bush) Leaf Beetle - Plant Health - Pest and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)
Colorado Potato Beetle
- Featured Creatures - Richard L. Jacques, Jr. and Thomas R. Fasulo


Leptinotarsa decemlineata - Scott Bauer
Beginning of flight of Colorado beetle - Pavel Korzunovich
Colorado Potato Beetles having lunch 
Head shot

StampsLeptinotarsa decemlineata

Biography: Ernst Friedrich Germar (1786 - 1853) was a German Coleopterist - Wikipedia 


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Riley, C.V. 1867. The Colorado potato-beetle. Prairie Farmer 20: 389.

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.

08 Dec 2008   Mike Quinn / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information