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Species name

Diabrotica speciosa amabilis Baly 1886b: 222

 

Type locality

Magdalena River, Colombia

 

Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, male, verified

 

Synonyms

 

Diagnosis

Body length 5.0-5.3 mm. Body width 2.5-2.7 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae serrate, with thickened antennomeres 4-8, bi- or tricolored, antennomeres 1-3 pale olivine, antennomeres 4-8 gradually infuscated, antennomeres 9-10 yellow, partly infuscated, antennomere 11 dark apically. Maxillary palpi and labrum black. Pronotum paris green or green, subquadrate, bifoveate, with small round foveae, not shagreened. Scutellum black. Elytra uniform paris green, humeral calli tinged with amber. Elytral epipleura completely green, sutural angle of elytra obtuse-angled, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen pale olivine or green. Tarsi and tibiae black, femora paris green. Aedeagus symmetric, with three internal sac sclerites.

 

Known distribution

Panama, Venezuela, Colombia

 

Host plants

Lactuca serriola L., Solanum tuberosum L., S. sisymbrifolium Lamk., Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., Phaseolus L., Helianthus annuus L., Cucurbitaceae (Wilcox, 1972)

 

Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica speciosa amabilis Baly can be separated from other subspecies by the following features: head is black in D. speciosa amabilis, but yellow or rufous in D. speciosa speciosa and D. speciosa vigens; elytra uniform paris green, humeral calli tinged with amber in D. speciosa amabilis, but maculate in D. speciosa speciosa and D. speciosa vigens .