clay-colored leaf beetle

(Anomoea laticlavia)

Conservation Status
clay-colored leaf beetle
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Clay-colored leaf beetle 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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: ¼ to

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Shrubby fields, savannas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

April to August, but mostly June

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

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.

 
     
 

Larva 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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  11/7/2018      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Anomoea  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

clay-colored leaf beetle

 
       

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened or leathery 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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Alfredo Colon
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Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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