Banks Leaf Beetle
( Chrysolina bankii )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Chrysolina bankii
(Fabricius ,1775 )
Common Name:Banks Leaf Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Chrysomelidae
Genus:Chrysolina
Taxon Code:COL02333

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Dome-shaped, characteristic of many other members of the family. The head and elytra are a deep bronze color. The legs and antennae are reddish.The physical description, size and locality distinguish C. bankii from the other Chrysolina that occur in California.
Body Length
7-11 mm
Similar Taxa
Six species in the genus occur in California. C. quadrigeminia is a common species in California, but smaller (6-7 mm) and ranges in color from bronze to blue or green with dark legs. C. schaefferi is 6-9 mm and is blue in color with dark legs. The other 3 California species are less than 7 mm and colored differently from C. bankii.

BIOLOGY
Host
A wide range of host plants, especially English plantain and a range of Lamiaceae, including mints.
Distribution
Native to western Europe and the western Mediterranean. First found in San Mateo Co., and now established in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CREDITS
Photographer
Pamela Spevack
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Chrysolina bankii. (bugguide.net/node/view/363944). Accessed April 17, 2016. .
A newly introduced Chrysolina Motschulsky, 1860, to California (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 83(4):363-365. Arthur J. Gilbert, Cassandra Cannon, Curtis Takahashi, Laura Irons, Suttamas Pongprachakkul, and Janamjeet Sohal.


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