|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (December 2013)|
|Leaf beetles from South America
with some anatomical details
Latreille, 1802 
The family Chrysomelidae, commonly known as leaf beetles, includes over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera, making it one of the largest and most commonly encountered of all beetle families. Numerous subfamilies are recognized, but only some of them are listed below.
Leaf beetles are partially recognizable by their tarsal formula, which appears to be 4-4-4, but is actually 5-5-5. Some lineages are only distinguished with difficulty from long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae), namely by the antennae not arising from frontal tubercles.
Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all sorts of plant tissue. Many are serious pests of cultivated plants, for example the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), the asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi), the cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus), and various flea beetles, and a few act as vectors of plant diseases. Others are beneficial due to their use in biocontrol of invasive weeds. Most Chrysomelidae are conspicuously colored, typically in glossy yellow to red or metallic blue-green hues, and some (especially Cassidinae) have spectacularly bizarre shapes. Thus, they are highly popular among insect collectors.
- Subfamily Bruchinae Latreille, 1802 – includes the bean weevils or seed beetles
- Subfamily Chrysomelinae Latreille, 1802 – includes the broad-bodied leaf beetles
- Subfamily Criocerinae Latreille, 1804 – includes the asparagus beetles and lily beetles
- Subfamily Cryptocephalinae Gyllenhal, 1813 – includes cylindrical leaf beetles and warty leaf beetle
- Subfamily Donaciinae Kirby, 1837 – includes the longhorned leaf beetles
- Subfamily Eumolpinae Hope, 1840 – includes the oval leaf beetles
- Subfamily Galerucinae Latreille, 1802 – includes the flea beetles
- Subfamily Hispinae/Cassidinae Gyllenhal, 1813 – includes the tortoise beetles and prickly leaf beetles
- Subfamily Lamprosomatinae Lacordaire, 1848
- Subfamily Sagrinae Leach, 1815 – includes the frog-legged leaf beetle
- Subfamily Spilopyrinae Chapuis, 1874
Until recently, Bruchinae was considered a separate family, while two former subfamilies are presently considered families (Orsodacnidae and Megalopodidae). Other commonly recognized subfamilies have recently been grouped with other subfamilies, usually reducing them to tribal rank (e.g., the former Alticinae, Chlamisinae, Clytrinae and Hispinae).
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- Chyrsomelidae of northwest Europe
- List of subfamilies of European Chrysomelidae from University of Wrocław
- Brisbane leaf beetles
- Key to the British genera and species of Cryptocephalinae
- Key to the British genera of Chrysomelinae
- Key to the British genera and species of Criocerinae