Submitted to: Caucasian Entomological Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 10, 2009
Publication Date: December 25, 2009
Citation: Prathapan, K.D., Konstantinov, A.S. 2009. A second species of Orisaltata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Caucasian Entomological Bulletin. 5(2):245-246.
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests and feed on crops destroying valuable plants costing millions of dollars annually. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to control unwanted and invasive weeds. This work describes one new species from South India, providing key characters, description, and illustrations. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in plant feeding beetles.
A second species of the flea beetle genus Orisaltata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is described and illustrated with comparative notes and host plant information.