Leaf Beetle

Common Name: Leaf Beetle

Order Name: Coleoptera

Family Name: Chysomelidae

This Brazilian Chrysolmelid leaf beetle clearly displays bright coloration characteristic to this group. All Chrysomelids are believed to be phytophagous (plant eaters) and as a group they are responsible for considerable plant destruction. Different group target fruit trees, asparagus, grains, potatoes, grapes, cucumbers, corn, elm, eggplants, tomatoes and many other plants. As an added detriment to the plant beyond general consumption are various plant diseases transmitted by these beetles. When disturbed, these beetles will often drop to the ground and feign death.