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Chrysolina fastuosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
Latreille, 1802

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The Chrysomelinae are a subfamily of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). Some 2000 species are found, with worldwide distribution. The best-known member is the notorious Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), an important agricultural pest.


Some species of Chrysomelidae express high levels of maternal care for insects. Not only do they locate food-rich environments for their eggs, they protect both the eggs and the larvae after hatching.[1]

Selected genera[edit]

The subfamily includes the following genera, among others:



  1. ^ Windsor D.M.; Dury, G.J.; Frieiro-Costa, F.A.; Lanckowsky S.; Pasteels, J.M. (2013). "Subsocial Neotropical Doryphorini (Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae): new observations on behavior, host plants and systematics". ZooKeys. 332 (332, Special issue: Jolivet P.; Santiago-Blay, J. and Schmitt, M. (eds) Research on Chrysomelidae 4): 71–93. doi:10.3897/zookeys.332.5199. PMC 3805320Freely accessible. PMID 24163582. 
  2. ^ Poinar Jr, George (2013). "Stenaspidiotus microptilus n. gen., n. sp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae) in Dominican amber, with evidence of tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) oviposition". Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology. 25 (1): 101–105. doi:10.1080/08912963.2012.710443. 

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