clay-colored leaf beetle

(Anomoea laticlavia)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

clay-colored leaf beetle

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

April to August, but mostly June

Habitat

Shrubby fields, savannas

Size

Total Length: ¼ to


Identification

This is a relatively large leaf beetle. The body is stout and broad, nearly cylindrical from front to back.

The head and thoracic shield (pronotum) are reddish-brown.

The hardened wing covers (elytra) are reddish-yellow usually with a conspicuous black marking where the elytra meet. The width of the marking is highly variable, from none or a thin line line down the center to a broad ribbon covering more than half of the elytra.

The antennae are short and sawtoothed. The eyes are large and black.

 
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Larval Food

Larvae feed on the ground, consuming decomposing plant and animal parts (detritus).

 
Adult Food

Leaves of plants in the pea (Fabaceae) family, bush clover, oak, willow, persimmon, honey locust, ragweed, and leadplant.

 
Life Cycle

The larvae are known as case-bearers. They protect themselves by living in a case created from their own excrement and sometimes also plant debris. The case is shorter than the larva, which is folded within it.

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Cucujiformia

 

Superfamily:

Chrysomeloidea (long-horned and leaf beetles)

 

Family:

Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Clytrinae (case-bearing leaf beetles)

 

Tribe:

Clytrini

 

Subtribe:

Clytrina

 
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Common
Names

clay-colored leaf beetle


 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.

 

Pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Published on Jul 8, 201

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (07 July 2010).

 
     

 

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