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Thoracic-spotted Flea Beetle

Kuschelina thoracica (Fabricius)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Alticini

cf: Kuschelina laeta, Kuschelina vians


Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
May 29, 2005 (Tom Murray)

State Records for Kuschelina thoracica

State Record Source: (Riley et al. 2003)

Range: Texas to Kansas, east to New Hampshire, south to Florida (Riley et al. 2003).

Larval Hosts: Has been collected from Trichostema dichotomum (Lamiaceae) (Clark et al. 2004).

Adult Activity: April 8 to July 16 in Alabama based on 15 specimens (Balsbaugh & Hays 1972).

Similar Species: There are 28 species of Kuschelina north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002).

Texas Taxa

Kuschelina concinna (Fabricius)
Kuschelina fallax
Kuschelina fimbriata
Kuschelina flavocyanea (Crotch)
Kuschelina gibbitarsa
Kuschelina horni
Kuschelina jacobiana (Horn)
Kuschelina laeta
Kuschelina lugens
Kuschelina petaurista
Kuschelina suturella
Kuschelina thoracica
Kuschelina vians


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.

Blake, D.H. 1927. A Revision of the Beetles of the genus Oedionychis Occurring in America North of Mexico. Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus., 70(23): 1-44.

Blake, D.H. 1954. Chrysomelid Beetles of the Oedionychus miniatus Complex. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash., 56: 139-147. 

Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. 134 pp.

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.

Peterson A. 1951. Larvae of Insects; Part II -- Coleoptera, Diptera, Neuroptera, Siphonaptera, Mecoptera, Trichoptera. Edwards Bros., Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich. 416 p.

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.

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