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Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber, 1947

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae, Tribe Luperini

cf. D. balteata, D. barberi, D. tibialis

Oklahoma, September 14, 2002
(Charles Schurch Lewallen)

United States Range of the Spotted Cucumber Beetle

National Agriculture Pest Information System, May 2000

Hosts: Polyphagous, well known for its often pestiferous association with Cucurbitaceae (Clark et al, 2004)

Similar Species: This genus includes more than 350 described species, eight of which occur north of Mexico.

Texas Taxa:

Diabrotica barberi R. Smith & Lawrence
Diabrotica balteata
Diabrotica cristata (Harris)
Diabrotica lemniscata LeConte
Diabrotica longicornis (Say) 
Diabrotica tibialis Jacoby
Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber
Diabrotica virgifera zeae Krysan & R. Smith


Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata - icmp
Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata - icmp


Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi - Pest and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)


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31 Dec 2005   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information