1984) generalized that most chrysomelids
have a distinct preference for a single plant species as a host.
BEETLE MIMICRY IN THE SALTICIDAE
Pathogenicity of the entomogenous, hyphomycete fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae, against the chrysomelid
beetles Psylliodes chrysocephala and Phaedoncochleariae.
splendidulus weevils, and the chrysomelid
beetle Algarobius prosopis LeConte that feeds on mesquite seeds (Kingsolver 1972).
beetle Zygogramma bicolorata Pallister disappeared after being introduced in Australia to control Parthenium hysterophorus L.
viridipennis (Say) eats larvae of the palmetto-eating chrysomelid
beetle Hemisphaerota cyanea (Say) (Eisner 2003).
In Australia, researchers using a similar approach with coccinellid beetles achieved limited success in controlling chrysomelid
leaf beetles in Eucalyptus (Baker et al.
Several leaf-feeding insects were tested, including 3 chrysomelid
beetles (Metriona elatior Klug, Gratiana boliuiana Spaeth, and Platyphora sp.
One of the most promising candidate insects for classical biocontrol of TSA is the leaf-feeding chrysomelid
beetle Metriona elatior HIug that was first discovered on TSA in South America (Medal et al.
leaf feeding beetle, Gratiana boliviana Spaeth, was first released in Florida in 2003 as a classical biological control agent of tropical soda apple, and has now been released at more than 160 locations in the state.
Other insect pests collected included tarnished plant bug, Harlequin bug, and chrysomelid
beetles, but they were found in very low numbers.
Similar percentage dehydration is tolerated by other beetles; certain tenebrionids tolerated >50 percent, chrysomelids
survived up to 46 percent water loss, and two other cerambycids survived 35 to 40 percent weight loss (Gehrken and Somme 1994, Chen et al.
were mainly spotted cucumber beetles, Diabrotica undecimpunctata, a favored food of big brown and evening bats.
are economically important pests of agricultural and stored products.
Temperature, humidity, photoperiod, host and natural enemy biology, nutrition, and the availability of alternative hosts influence the potential of chrysomelids
to be mass reared in laboratory or nursery for experimental or field releases (Tauber et al.