Species name

Diabrotica septemliturata Erichson 1847: 167


Type locality

Peru [from title of work]


Type depository

MfN, lectotype, female, verified



lineolata Kirsch, 1883: 202 [type locality: Bolivia (Itinere La Paz - Yungas, 2800-1300 M. altit.); type depository: MTD, lectotype, female, verified]



Body length 6.0-6.8 mm. Body width 2.9-3.5 mm. Head basic color yellow. Antennae filiform, bicolored, antennomeres 1 - 8 brussels brown, 9 - 11 light cadmium. Maxillary palpi yellow, labrum black or chestnut. Pronotum yellow or mustard yellow, subquadrate, weakly bifoveate with wide shallow foveae, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow. Basic color of elytra yellow or rufous. Elytra maculate with two short lines on distal part of each elytron, short humeral and sutural vittae reach one third of elytral length. Color of maculae and vittae black, elytral epipleura completely yellow, elytral surface not sulcate, sutural angle rounded, punctation dense, fine. Legs uniformly yellow. Internal sac bears five sclerites.


Known distribution

Peru, Bolivia, probably, throughout Amazon region.


Host plants




Diabrotica septemliturata is a part of a species group with yellow striate elytra, members of which are very similarly colored. Long series of specimens identified as D. septemliturata in Jacoby's collections (MCZ and BMNH) consists of different species. The male from Peru in BMNH collection, identical in coloration pattern with the type female, was treated as the male of D. septemliturata. In some catalogues (Wilcox, 1972), D. septemliturata is mentioned as occurring in Central America, however, specimens that we studied were from Peru and Bolivia only, therefore it is possible that D. septemliturata range does not go outside of South America.


Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica septemliturata Erichson is very similar to D. apicicornis Jacoby, D. brevilineata Jacoby, D. palpalis Jacoby, D. fulvicornis Jacoby and D. sedata Baly. They can be separated by the following features: head and maxillar palpi are black in D. palpalis and D. fulvicornis, but yellow in D. septemliturata; femora and maxillar palpi are black in D. apicicornis, but yellow in D. septemliturata; labrum is yellow of D. brevilineata, but black in D. septemliturata; D. sedata on average is larger than D. septemliturata. However, the most reliable feature that allows distinguishing D. septemliturata is the shape of the internal sac sclerite 5E (it is a flat plate, toothed apically and laterally).