Species name

Diabrotica viridifasciata Jacoby 1887: 507


Type locality

Panama, Volcan de Chiriqui


Type depository

BMNH, lectotype, male, verified



duplicata Jacoby 1887: 519 (type locality: Panama, Volcan de Chiriqui; type depository: BMNH, lectotype, male, verified)



Body length 5.7-7.3 mm. Body width 2.8-3.5 mm. Head basic color black. Antennae filiform, uniformly yellow. Maxillary palpi black, yellow, chestnut or yellow ocher, labrum black or chestnut. Pronotum yellow, light cadmium or ochraceous-orange, subquadrate, weakly bifoveate, with wide shallow foveae, not shagreened. Scutellum yellow or amber yellow. Elytra yellow or rufous, with three black bands, or elytra maculate with five sharp-edged maculae on each elytron. Color of maculae and bands black or metallic black green. Elytral epipleura completely yellow. Elytra not sulcate. Sutural angle of elytra round, punctation scattered, fine. Abdomen yellow or yellow ocher. Legs yellow or yellow ocher. Internal sac of aedeagus with five sclerites.


Known distribution

Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia


Host plants




The internal sacs in male types of D. viridifasciata and D. duplicata have been examined. There are no differences in the internal sac armament in both species. The maculae on the D. duplicata elytra are definitely remnants of the reduced bands in D. viridifasciata . There are no substantial differences in the body shape and other morphological features in both species. The ranges of the both species overlap. Hereby we treat D. duplicata as synonym of D. viridifasciata.


Potential problems with identification

Diabrotica viridifasciata Jacoby is very similar to D. pulchra (Sahlberg), D. venancia Bechyné and D. relicta Suffrian. They can be separated by the following features: there are four bands on the elytron of D. pulchra, but only three in D. viridifasciata; the tibia in D. venancia and D. relicta are black, but yellow in D. viridifasciata.