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Shiny Flea Beetle

Asphaera lustrans (Crotch, 1873)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini


Shining Flea Beetle - Asphaera lustrans (Crotch, 1873)

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Traivs County, Texas
May 26, 2010 (M. Quinn)

Texas County Records for Asphaera lustrans

Shining Flea Beetle - Asphaera lustrans (Crotch, 1873)

County Record Source: E.G. Riley, Dec. 2005

State Records for Asphaera lustrans

Shining Flea Beetle - Asphaera lustrans (Crotch, 1873)

State Record Source: (Riley et al, 2003)


Common from Arizona to Texas, north to Nebraska and Iowa; south to Mexico.
Introduced into Florida, and has recently expanded its range across southeastern US.

Adult Activity: Year round in South Texas

Hosts: Scutellaria - Skullcap - Mint Family Lamiaceae

S. drummondii - Central Texas
S. wrightii - North Texas

Similar Species: Two species of this large Neotropical genus occur north of Mexico. (Riley et al, 2003)

Asphaera abdominalis (Chevrolat) - restricted to AZ north of Mexico
Asphaera lustrans (Crotch)

PhotoLarval shot - BugGuide.Net

Etymology: Asphaera lustrans (Crotch, 1873)

lustr (L). Shining, pure, washed

Biography: George Robert Crotch (1842 - 1874) - Wikipedia


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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.

Crotch, G.R. 1873. Check List of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico. Naturalists Agency, Salem, Mass. 136 pp.

Horn, H. 1889. A synopsis of the Halticini of boreal America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 16: 163-320. 

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.

Smart, J. & B. Wager. 1977. George Robert Crotch, 18421874: a bibliography with a biographical note. Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History 8(3): 244248.

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