Species name

Diabrotica apicalis Baly 1886: 444


Type locality



Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, female, verified



Body length 7.0-7.7 mm. Body width 3.8-4.0 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomeres 1-3 yellow, upper sides darkened, antennomeres 4-8 black, antennomeres 9-10 uniformly sulphur yellow, antennomere 11 dark apically. Maxillary palpi black or amber brown, labrum black. Pronotum yellow or yellow ocher, subquadrate, nonfoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow or yellow ocher. Elytra yellow or rufous, with one black macula on the apex of each elytron, epipleura completely rufous. Sutural angle of elytra dentiform, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen yellow or yellow ocher. Tarsi and tibia black, femora uniform yellow or yellow ocher.


Known distribution

Guatemala, Costa Rica


Host plants



Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica apicalis Baly is very similar to D. olivieri Jacoby. They can be separated by the following feature: pygidium is black or with black macula in D. olivieri, but yellow in D. apicalis.