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Colorado potato beetle.jpg
Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
(unranked): Phytophaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Latreille, 1802

Cerambycidae - long-horned beetles
Chrysomelidae - leaf beetles

The Chrysomeloidea are an enormous superfamily of beetles, with tens of thousands of species, mostly in the families Cerambycidae (the long-horned beetles) and Chrysomelidae, the leaf beetles.


Several species in these two families are important plant pests. The spotted cucumber beetle is a serious pest of vegetables and is a very common insect on all sorts of flowers. The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, attacks potatoes and other members of the Solanaceae. The Asian long-horned beetle is a serious pest of trees where it has been introduced.

Some authorities have suggested removing the Cerambycidae and related families (Disteniidae, Oxypeltidae, and Vesperidae) from Chrysomeloidea to create a separate superfamily "Cerambycoidea" (e.g., [1]), but in the absence of evidence to support the monophyly of the resulting groups, this proposal has not yet been accepted by the scientific community.


  1. ^ P. Švácha and M.L. Danilevsky (1990) Cerambycoid larvae of Europe and Soviet Union (Coleoptera Cerambycoidea). Part I. Entomologia Generalis, 15(3): 202.

External links[edit]

Data related to Chrysomeloidea at Wikispecies Media related to Chrysomeloidea at Wikimedia Commons