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Leaf Beetle

Notozona histrionica


Small Leaf Beetle in red and yellow with enlarged hind legs for jumping. About 5 mm long. Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Galerucinae.


Forest of Huasteca, Edward James Surrealism Park, Xilitla, San Luis Potosí.


See another variation of this species spotted in Chiapas, Mexico:

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thaptor a year ago

I was only convinced both are histrionica after I excluded all other possibilities - which I would have been unable to if literature sources were unknown to me . . .

So, grace to your documentations, we know about the pattern variability!

LaurenZarate a year ago

Thank you thaptor! Yes, this one looks like the Notozona histrionica on the web. The Chiapan one is more striking. I hadn't thought they were the same species.

thaptor a year ago

= Notozona histrionica (Baly, 1865).

Have excluded all other spp. of Mex. checklist.
exacly like yours,
with smaller maculae, that's all.

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you Lisa for Fun Fact :) Always interesting…..and fun :)

LisaPowers 4 years ago

Project Noah Fun Fact: Flea beetle is a general name applied to the small, jumping beetles of the leaf beetle family (Chrysomelidae). ). They are similar to other leaf beetles, but characteristically have the hindleg femora greatly enlarged. These enlarged femora allow for the springing action of these insects when disturbed. Flea beetles can also walk normally and fly. ~Wikipedia

Flea Beetle (Notozona sp.)
spotted in San Luis Potosí, Mexico by PN member LaurenZarate.

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 4 years ago

Ok :)

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you Francisco for the ID, I found your picture on Naturalista and added the reference here. :)

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 4 years ago

Yo también lo fotografié en Veracruz, me lo identificaron como del género Notozona -Galerucinae- muy bellas tus fotografías Lauren, saludos !!

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San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Lat: 21.44, Long: -98.88

Spotted on Apr 17, 2015
Submitted on Jan 26, 2016

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