Species name

Diabrotica hilli Krysan & Smith 1987: 409


Type locality

El Quiché, Chichicastenango, Guatemala


Type depository

MCZ, holotype, male, verified



Body length 4.7-4.8 mm. Body width 2.0-2.3 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, unifomly piceous. Maxillary palpi piceous, labrum black or piceous. Pronotum green or pale olivine, subquadrate, deeply bifoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum piceous or black. Elytra green, with narrow basal ochraceous-orange band and one diffuse sulphur yellow macula on each elytron. Elytral epipleura completely green. Elytral surface with four distinct sinuate sulci, strongest behind the humeral callus and extending beyond the middle. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen pale olivine or green. Tarsi black or chestnut. Protibia bicolored, yellow, outer edge with piceous or testaceous line, or extensively darkened. Meso- and metatibia bicolored, yellow, outer edge with piceous or testaceous line. Femora uniform pale olivine. Aedeagus symmetric, with four internal sac sclerites.


Known distribution

Mexico, Guatemala


Host plants

Fig leaf gourd (Krysan & Smith, 1987a)


Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica hilli Krysan & Smith is similar to D. viridula (Fabricius). They can be separated by the following features: the head of D. hilli is black, but green in D. viridula; the antennae in D. hilli are piceous, but bi- or tricolored in D. viridula, paler than in D. hilli; the legs of D. viridula are also paler than in D. hilli.