Species name

Diabrotica tortuosa Jacoby 1887: 530


Type locality

Mexico, Las Peras


Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, female, verified



Body length 5.8-6.1 mm. Body width 2.9-3.0 mm. Head basic color orange or rufous. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 pale olivine, antennomeres 2-11 cinnamon brown. Maxillary palpi yellow, labrum yellow ocher. Pronotum paris green or green, subquadrate, deeply bifoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow or ochraceous-orange. Elytra green, with three diffuse yellow bands and apical yellow spot. Area around scutellum and humeri are tinged with amber. Elytral epipleura completely green. Elytral surface not sulcate, sometimes with 2-3 short plicae in posthumeral area, sutural angle of elytra round, punctation dense, fine. Abdomen pale olivine or green. Tarsi and tibiae yellow or ochraceous-orange, femora uniform paris green.


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Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica tortuosa Jacoby is similar to D. viridula (Fabricius) and D. scutellata Jacoby. They can be separated by the following features: elytra surface in D. tortuosa is almost not sulcate, but with well-defined sulci in D. viridula and D. scutellata; there are three bands and one macula on elytra in D. tortuosa, but only two macula present on elytra in D. viridula and D. scutellata; the head is orange or rufous in D. tortuosa, but green in D. viridula.