Hispines of the World


Oediopalpa Baly 1858: 16




Amplipala Harold 1875: 185.

Charispa Baly 1875: 73.

Type Species


Hispa cyanipennis Fabricius.



Oediopalpa can be distinguished by following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • the head without a frontal horn
  • the filiform antennae with 11-antennomeres
  • the pronotum having a seta in all four angles
  • the anterior margin of the prosternum projecting forward, partially covering the mouth
  • the elytra at base being not much wider than the base of the pronotum and parallel-sided
  • the elytra having no costae.



Body more or less elongate, moderately convex.

Head: small; vertex flat or weakly depressed; eye oblong to oval, finely faceted; mouth small, exposed area covered by palps; mandible dentate.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres; thick; antennomere 3 longest.

Pronotum: transverse, apex narrowed; regularly convex, may be impressed in each angle; sometimes with lateral impressions; disc with deep punctures; seta present in each angle.

Scutellum: quadrangular or pentagonal; rounded at apex.

Elytron: little wider than pronotum; slightly constricted behind pronotum, then subparallel; apex conjointly rounded; lateral and apical margins finely serrate or smooth; with 10 rows of shallow punctures, scutellar row short; no costae.

Venter: prosternum almost flat, expanded forward to partly cover mouth.

Leg: short, thick, femur widest, inner margin serrate or not.

Some species orange or reddish‑yellow brown; others may be metallic dark blue, green to black.



Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guinea, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 37 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Weise (1910) covered twenty species; Monrós and Viana (1947), Argentina.



Arundo, Bambusa, Oryza, Panicum, Poa, Saccharum, Zea (Poaceae).


Content last updated April 2014