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Beetle - Skeletonizing Leaf

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing leaf beetles)

This is one of the large and more spectacular -looking leaf bettle:
Omophoita cyanipennis octomaculata (Crotch) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).
Most of its range is in Texas and Mexico.


The galerucines feed on dicots, however some genera may have adapted to monocots. Adults generally feed on pollen and also fresh leaves of their host plants, and the larvae feed on their roots. Many species feed on wild plants, trees and bushes, and many are polyphagous

Remarks : Most are serious agricultural pests, causing damage directly by plant feeding or indirectly by transmitting viruses. Some species have been used in the biological control of weeds.

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