Chrysomelidae

Leaf beetles

Leaf beetles encompass one of the largest families of Coleoptera. Despite their very different aspect they are closely related with the Cerambycidae. Like these, they are strictly phytophagous, but not as borers, rather living free on the plants. The number of leafmining species is small.

With exception of the genus Zeugophora all mining larvae in this family have well-developed thoracic feet. Prolegs, as ocurring in Lepidoptera and Tenrhredinidae, are never present.

references

Lawson (1991a), Oglobin & Medvedev (1971a), Santiago-Blay (2004a), Steinhausen (1994a).

26/11/2014

mod 7.iv.2018