Entomological Review

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

Feeding behavior of leaf beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)

  • A. O. Bieńkowski


The feeding behavior of adult leaf beetles (41 species from 18 genera and 8 subfamilies) was studied for the first time. Beetles of the genera Chrysolina, Chrysomela, Cryptocephalus, Galeruca, Gastrophysa, Labidostomis, Leptinotarsa, Timarcha, and Cassida stigmatica gnaw a leaf from the edge, whereas the representatives of Donacia, Galerucella, Lema, Lilioceris, Oulema, Phyllobrotica, Plagiodera, Zeugophora, Hypocassida, and most species of Cassida gnaw the leaf plane. In addition, adults of Lilioceris merdigera and Donacia clavipes feed on young leaves rolled into a tube. New host plants are reported for the first time: Hyoscyamus niger for the larvae of the Colorado potato beetle and Naumburgia thyrsiflora for Galerucella grisescens.


Sagittal Plane Leaf Surface Entomological Review Colorado Potato Beetle Leaf Margin 
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  1. 1.Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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