Species name

Diabrotica waltersi Derunkov, Prado, Tishechkin, Konstantinov 2015: 51


Type locality

Bugaba, Panama


Type depository

BMNH, holotype, male



Body length 5.6-6.3 mm. Body width 3.0-3.3 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 and 9-10 sulphur yellow, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, with upper sides darkened, antennomeres 4-8 uniformly cinnamon brown, antennomere 11 dark apically. Maxillary palpi black or chestnut, labrum black. Pronotum yellow or mustard yellow, subquadrate, weakly bifoveate, with wide shallow foveae, shagreened with minute wrinkles. Scutellum black or amber brown. Elytra yellow or rufous, with three sharp-edged metallic black blue or green bands connected together and forming two round maculae, in basal area of elytra and in the middle. Elytral epipleura completely yellow. Sutural angle of elytra obtuse-angled, punctation scattered, coarse. Abdomen yellow. Tarsi and tibiae black or piceous, femora yellow. Aedeagus symmetric, with five internal sac sclerites.


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Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica waltersi is very similar to D. elegantula Baly. They can be separated by the following features: the body of D. waltersi is more convex and shorter than in D. elegantula; the medium maculae are almost round in D. waltersi, while transverse in D. elegantula; the color of the bands is usually black metallic blue in D. waltersi, but black metallic green in D. elegantula.