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Cryptocephalus octomaculatus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Superfamily  Chrysomeloidea
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Coleoptera
Family  Chrysomelidae
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Similar  Cryptocephalus trimaculatus, Cryptocephalus anticus, Cryptocephalus cordiger

Cryptocephalus octomaculatus is a species of cylindrical leaf beetles belonging to the family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Cryptocephalinae.

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Description

Cryptocephalus octomaculatus can reach a length of about 6 millimetres (0.24 in). The basic color of pronotum and elytra is pale brown. Elytra show eight small blackish spots (hence the species name octomaculatus meaning with eight stains in Latin). The aberration duodecimpunctatus Fabricius 1792 bears an additional spot at the apex of the elytra.

Beetles of this quite rare species can be found from July to September on the twigs and leaves of oak, birch and hazel.

Distribution

This species can be found in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslavia, Ukraine and in the Near East.

References

Cryptocephalus octomaculatus Wikipedia


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