Leaf Beetles
color illustration of Blepharida sacra
(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

...of the National Museum of Natural History

Funded by Smithsonian Women's Commitee

A collaboration of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service & the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Entomology (SI)
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Leaf beetles include over 40,000 known species and occur throughout the world. Choose from the golden icons below to get information on all our holdings of four major groups of leaf beetles (the alticine--or flea beetles; cassidines--or tortoise beetles; aulacoscelidines; and chlamisines).
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  • Project Coordinator: Steven W. Lingafelter, (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS)
  • Web Designers: Natalia J. Vandenberg, (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS).
  • This project was made possible through generous support from a Smithsonian Women's Committee Grant, awarded to Steven W. Lingafelter, and through the hard work of Charlie Staines (Edgewater, Maryland), who did most of the actual curation and data gathering. Susan Staines provided much appreciated voluntary assistance with the curation effort. We thank Alexander S. Konstantinov for permission to use his image of Blepharida for the home page, and the combined SEL/SI Coleoptera Staff for their help and support, and particularly George Venable (SI) and Chris Thompson (SEL), who contributed their wisdom and internet expertise.

Graphic Design and Format by:
Natalia J. Vandenberg.