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Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Genus: Leptinotarsa
Chevrolat in Dejean, 1836 [1]

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Leptinotarsa is a genus of leaf beetles.

Several species in the genus produce leptinotarsin, a toxin similar to the diamphotoxin produced by species of the African leaf beetle genus Diamphidia. Some Leptinotarsa species are parasitised by ground beetles of genus Lebia.[2]



  1. ^ "Leptinotarsa". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Chaboo, Caroline (2011). "Defensive behaviors in leaf beetles: From the unusual to the weird" (PDF). In Weir, Tiffany; Vivanco, Jorge M. Chemical Biology of the Tropics: An Interdisciplinary Approach (PDF). Signaling and Communication in Plants. Berlin: Springer Verlag. pp. 59–69. ISBN 3-642-19079-0. OCLC 706961677. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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