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Species name

Diabrotica curvipustulata Baly 1890: 44

 

Type locality

Colombia

 

Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, male, verified

 

Diagnosis

Body length 5.5-6.9 mm. Body width 2.9-3.7 mm. Head basic color green. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 pale olivine, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, antennomeres 4-11 yellow ocher. Maxillary palpi yellow or yellow ocher, labrum yellow ocher. Pronotum paris green or green, subquadrate, bifoveate, with small round foveae, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow. Elytra green, maculate with three obtuse-edged, round, sulphur yellow maculae on each elytron. Humeral calli tinged with amber. Elytral epipleura completely green. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation dense, fine. Abdomen yellow. Tarsi and tibiae yellow or yellow ocher, femora paris green. Aedeagus symmetric, with five internal sac sclerites.

 

Known distribution

Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia

 

Host plants

Unknown

 

Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica curvipustulata Baly is very similar to D. selecta Jacoby. They can be separated by the following features: elytra in D. curvipustulata are maculate with three maculae on each elytron, one basal, another, with a process directed to the humerus, in the middle and the third, comma-shaped, behind the middle, while in D. selecta elytra are maculate with with maculae, one basal and one apical, and one yellow band in the middle interrupted in the sutural area; elytra in D. selecta are smoother than in D. curvipustulata, with fineer and vague punctation; the head of D. curvipustulata is green, but orange or rufous in D. selecta.