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Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Catalog of known immature stages of Camptosomate leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae and Lamprosomatinae)

Author
item Chaboo, Caroline - University Of Kansas
item Chamorro, Lourdes
item Scholler, M. - Biological Institute, Germany

Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/5/2016
Publication Date: 5/27/2016
Citation: Chaboo, C.S., Chamorro, M.L., Scholler, M.E. 2016. Catalog of known immature stages of Camptosomate leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae and Lamprosomatinae). ZooKeys. 118(2):150-217.

Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests, feeding on crops and destroying valuable plants, particularly during the larval stages; others are important biological control agents that can be used to control unwanted weeds. This works summarizes the known immature stages of case-bearing chrysomelids of 367 species. The catalog covers the world fauna, and reviews eggs, larvae, and pupae, host plants, distribution, host ants (for those species associated with ants), and insect parasitoids. This contribution should stimulate efforts to discover more immatures stages and to document all life stages towards improving biological information of these two groups of leaf beetles. This publication will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, conservation biologists, coleopterists, morphologists and those interested in plant-feeding beetles.

Technical Abstract: Lack of syntheses of knowledge on immature stages of insects impedes accurate understanding of their diversity, biology and evolution. In Chrysomelidae, this information gap undermines basic explanations of this lineage’s radiation. Literature describing and discussing known immature stages of case-bearing chrysomelids of 354 species of Cryptocephalinae Gyllenhal and 13 species of Lamprosomatinae Lacordaire is catalogued. The catalog covers the world fauna, and reviews eggs, larvae, and pupae, host plants, distribution, host ants (for myrmecophiles), and insect parasitoids. This contribution should stimulate efforts to discover more immatures stages and to document all life stages towards improving biological information of these two clades of leaf beetles.