Species name

Diabrotica lemniscata LeConte 1868: 58


Type locality

Raton Mountain, New Mexico


Type depository

MCZ, lectotype, male, verified



nigrovittata Jacoby 1878: 995 (type locality: Mexico; type depository: MCZ, lectotype, male (?) [lacking abdomen], verified)



Body length 4.6-5.4 mm. Body width 1.8-2.3 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, uniformly black. Maxillary palpi and labrum black. Pronotum black, subquadrate, deeply bifoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum black. Elytra yellow or rufous, vittate with one sutural and one humeral black vittae (sometimes reduced to a variable extent). Elytral epipleura completely yellow. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation dense, coarse. Abdomen piceous or black. Legs black. Aedeagus symmetric, with four internal sac sclerites.


Known distribution

USA: AZ, TX; Mexico, Guatemala. (Krysan & Smith, 1987a)


Host plants

Cucurbita foetidissima Kunth in H.B.K., perennial grasses (Poaceae) (Clark et al., 2004)