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Tropical Milkweed Leaf Beetle

Labidomera suturella (Germar)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Chrysomelinae, Tribe Chrysomelini

cf: Labidomera clivicollis


Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
(M Quinn)


Unit tray Labidomera suturella specimens curated at the TAMUIC showing intraspecific variation

Range: Northern Mexico south to Brazil (Blackwelder, 1957).

Adult Activity: April to August based on eight specimens in the TAMUIC

Biology: Choe (1989) found maternal care in this species in Costa Rica.

Similar Species: There are four species of Labidomera, but only L. clivicollis occurs north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).


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Baker T.C. & G.C. Eickwort. 1975. Development and bionomics of Chrysomelobis labidomerae...a parasite of the milkweed leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Canadian Entomologist. 107:627-638. 

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Choe, J.C. 1989. Maternal care in Labidomera suturella Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae) from Costa Rica. Psyche 96(1-2): 63-68. 

Clark, S.M., D.G. LeDoux, T.N. Seeno, E.G. Riley, A.J. Gilbert and 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.

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Dickinson, J.L. 1986. Prolonged mating in the milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis): a test of the "sperm-loading" hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 18: 331-338.

Dickinson, J.L. 1988. Determinants of paternity in the milkweed leaf beetle. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 23: 9-19.

Dickinson, JL. 1992. Egg cannibalism by larvae and adults of the milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis , Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Ecological Entomology 17(3):209-218. 

Dickinson, JL 1992. Scramble competition polygyny in the milkweed leaf beetle: Combat, mobility, and the importance of being there. Behavioral Ecology 3(1)32-41.

Dickinson, J.L. 1996. The behavior and ecology of Labidomera Chevrolat. Pp 323-335 in: P. Jolivet, T. Hsaio, and M.L. Cox (editors) The Biology of the Chrysomelidae, III, SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam.

Drummond, F.A., Casagrande, R.A., & Logan, PA. 1988. Behavior of Chrysomelobia labidomerae Eickwort parasitizing the Colorado potato beetle.
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Palmer, J.O. 1982. Photoperiodic effect on size-related metamorphosis in the milkweed leaf beetle, Labidomera clivicollis. Physiological Entomol. 7:37-41.

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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.

Van Zandt, P.A. & A.A. Agrawal. 2004. Specificity of induced plant responses to specialist herbivores of the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca. Oikos 104(2)401.

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