Species name

Diabrotica apicicornis Jacoby 1887: 519


Type locality

Panama, Bugaba, Volcan de Chiriqui


Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, male, verified



Body length 6.1-7.0 mm. Body width 3.0-3.8 mm. Head basic color yellow or black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 yellow, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, upper sides darkened, antennomeres 4-8 cinnamon brown, antennomeres 9-10 light cadmium, antennomere 11 dark apically. Maxillary palpi and labrum black or piceous. Pronotum yellow or mustard yellow, subquadrate, weakly bifoveate with wide shallow foveae, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow. Elytra yellow or rufous, with humeral and sutural black vittae and with 2 short lines or small spots in apical third of each elytron. Vittae and maculae may be reduced to variable extent, sometimes elytra uniformly yellow. Epipleura completely yellow. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen yellow. Tarsi and tibiae black, piceous or chestnut. Femora yellow. Aedeagus symmetric, with five internal sac sclerites.


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Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica apicicornis Jacoby is similar to D. fulvicornis Jacoby. They can be separated by the following features: tarsi and tibiae are black in D. apicicornis, but yellow in D. fulvicornis.