Species name

Diabrotica balteata LeConte 1865: 213


Common name

Banded cucumber beetle


Type locality

Rio Grande, Texas


Type depository

MCZ, holotype, female, verified



sallei Baly 1886: 227 (type locality: Guatemala; type depository: BMNH, lectotype, male, verified)



Body length 5.0-5.3 mm. Body width 2.5-2.9 mm. Head basic color orange or rufous, frons yellow, clypeus mars yellow. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 sulphur yellow, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, antennomeres 4-8 brussels brown, antennomeres 9-11 orange buff. Maxillary palpi black or piceous, labrum black. Pronotum pale olivine, yellow or sulphur yellow, subquadrate, deeply bifoveate, shagreened with minute tubercles. Scutellum yellow, amber brown or yellow ocher. Elytra green, with four diffuse yellow bands, epipleura completely green. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation dense, fine. Abdomen yellow. Tarsi and tibiae black, piceous or chestnut. Femora yellow. Aedeagus symmetric, with three internal sac sclerites.


Known distribution

Southern USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba


Host plants

Cucurbitaceae, Rosaceae, Leguminoseae, Brassicaceae and Crucifereae. On the vegetable crops: cucumber, squash, beet, bean, pea, sweet potato, okra, corn, lettuce, onion, and various cabbages. Also on mango (Mangifera indica L.), Ambrosia L., Chrysanthemum L., mesquite (Prosopis L.), white clover (Trifolium repens L.), avocado (Persea americana Mill.), mulberry (Morus L.), potato (SolanumL.)


Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica balteata LeConte is similar to D. speciosa (Germar) and D. tortuosa Jacoby. They can be separated by the following feature: there are four bands on the elytra in D. balteata, and only three bands in D. speciosa; tarsi and tibiae are black in D. balteata, but ochraceous-orange in D. tortuosa .