Animal Species:Pumpkin Beetle

The Pumpkin Beetle is a leaf beetle (family Chrysomelidae), which is one of the largest beetle families with approximately 3,000 Australian species. At least 250 of these occur in the Sydney area.

Pumpkin Beetle specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Pumpkin Beetle

Size range

6 mm - 7 mm

Distribution

The Pumpkin Beetle is found in eastern Australia.

Feeding and Diet

Both the larvae and adults of leaf beetles eat plant material. Some are serious commercial pests. The larvae feed on the roots.

Economic/social impacts

The Pumpkin Beetle is of concern to gardeners as it feeds on the leaves and flowers of cucumbers, melons and of course pumpkins.

Classification

Species:
hilaris
Genus:
Aulacophora
Subfamily:
Galerucinae
Family:
Chrysomelidae
Superfamily:
Chrysomeloidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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