Species name

Diabrotica duckworthorum Derunkov, Prado, Tishechkin, Konstantinov 2015: 14


Type locality

Octopeque El Portillo, Quisarote Bio Preserve, Honduras


Type depository

USNM, holotype, male



Body length 5.4-6.3 mm, width 2.8-3.3 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomeres 1-3 yellow, antennomeres 4-8 gradually infuscated, antennomeres 9-10 yellow ocher, antennomere 11 completely yellow ocher or dark apically. Maxillary palpi yellow, labrum black or chestnut. Pronotum yellow or ochraceous-orange, subquadrate, weakly bifoveate with wide shallow foveae, not shagreened or with narrow, long microsculpture meshes only basally. Scutellum yellow or yellow ocher. Elytra yellow or rufous, with 2-3 black or chestnut bands. Bands may be connected creating two ring-shaped yellow maculae on each elytron, or basal band is reduced to three branches (two humeral and one sutural), posterior band may be reduced to a few spots. Epipleura yellow, sutural angle of elytron round, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen yellow. Legs yellow. Male protibiae thickened. Aedeagus symmetric, internal sac with five sclerites.


Known distribution

Guatemala, Honduras, Panama


Host plants



Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica duckworthorum Derunkov, Prado, Tishechkin, Konstantinov is very similar to D. trifurcata Jacoby. They can be separated by the following features: legs and scutellum are yellow in D. duckworthorum, while scutellum and tibia are brown or black in D. trifurcata; antennae are shorter and pronotum is narrower in D. duckworthorum than in D. trifurcata. Diabrotica duckworthorum is also very similar to the most of the "oculate" species, e.g. D. gratiosa Baly, D. adelpha Harold, D. biannularis Harold, D. bioculata Bowditch and D. pulchella (Jacquelin-du-Val). They can be separated by the following features: the tibiae of D. gratiosa and D. bioculata are black or dark brown, while yellow in D. duckworthorum; the pronotum of D. adelpha lacks foveae (bifoveate on D. duckworthorum), it also possesses more convex elytra and is larger than D. duckworthorum; D. pulchella is larger too; the scutellum of D. biannularis is black, while yellow in D. duckworthorum.