Species name

Diabrotica venancia Bechyné 1958: 556


Type locality

Costa Rica, Turrialba


Type depository

NMB, holotype, female, verified



Body length 6.8-7.2 mm. Body width 3.4-3.6 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, bi- or tricolored, antennomere 1 sulphur yellow, antennomeres 2-3 yellow, upper sides darkened, antennomeres 4-8 cinnamon brown, antennomeres 9-10 yellow ocher, antennomere 11 cinnamon brown. Maxillary palpi yellow or amber yellow, labrum black. Pronotum yellow or ochraceous-orange, subquadrate, nonfoveate, not shagreened. Scutellum black. Elytra yellow or rufous, maculate, with six sharp-edged black spots on each elytron. Elytral epipleura completely yellow, sutural angle of elytra obtuse-angled, punctation dense, fine. Abdomen yellow or yellow ocher. Tarsi and tibiae black, femora yellow or yellow ocher. Aedeagus symmetric, with five internal sac sclerites.


Known distribution

Costa Rica, Panama


Host plants



Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica venancia Bechyné is very similar to D. relicta Suffrian. They can be separated by the armament of the internal sac: there are five sclerites in internal sac in D. venancia, but four in D. relicta. The shape of the internal sac sclerites allows distinguishing Diabrotica venancia from D. relicta too.