Texas Beetle Information

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Red-marked Leaf Beetle

Cryptocephalus notatus Fabricius

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Cryptocephalini


Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
June 8, 2005 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Cryptocephalus notatus

Source: Riley et al. 2003

Range: Most of US and adjacent Canada, except the west coast, NV and AZ (Riley et al. 2003)

Adult Activity: April 21 through June 11 in Alabama based on 15 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972).

Hosts: This species has been recorded from 17 plant families (Clark et al. 2004).

Similar Species

This genus is worldwide in distribution and contains a great many species.
Seventy-seven species of Cryptocephalus occur in America north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).
Forty-two species of Cryptocephalus occur in Texas (Riley et al. 2003).


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Balsbaugh, E.U. & K.L. Hays. 1972. The Leaf beetles of Alabama (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 441:1-223.

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.

Lawson, F.A. 1991. Chrysomelidae (Chrysomeloidea) Pp. 568-593. In: Stehr, F.W. (editor) Immature Insects. Volume 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa. xiv + 975 pp.

LeSage, L. 1986. The eggs and larvae of Cryptocephalus quadruplex Newman and C. venustus Fabricius, with a key to the known immature stages of the nearctic genera of cryptocephaline leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canad. Entomol. 118: 97-111, 27 figs.

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.

Tilden, J.W. 1949. Oviposition of Cryptocephalus confluens Say (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Entomological News, 60: 151-154.

White, R.E. 1968. A Review of the Genus Cryptocephalus in America North of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera). USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp.

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