Species name

Diabrotica tessellata Jacoby 1887: 505


Type locality

Bugaba, Panama


Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, male, verified



Body length 7.0-7.5 mm. Body width 3.7-4.2 mm. Head basic coloration black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 yellow, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, upper sides darkened, antennomeres 4-8 and 11 brussels brown, antennomeres 9-10 yellow ocher. Maxillary palpi and labrum black. Pronotum yellow or mustard yellow, subquadrate, nonfoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum black. Elytra yellow or rufous, with three black bands, sometimes reduced to variable extent. Elytral epipleura completely yellow, sutural angle of elytra round, punctation dense, coarse. Abdomen yellow. Tarsi and tibiae black or chestnut, femora yellow. Aedeagus symmetric, with four internal sac sclerites.


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Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica tessellata Jacoby is similar to D. gratiosa Baly. They can be separated by the following features: D. tessellata is substantially bigger and more convex than D. gratiosa.