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Calligrapha Beetles (Calligrapha)

The calligrapha beetles are a genus belonging to the family of leaf beetles. They are covered with beautiful black markings that resemble calligraphy patterns, which give them their name.

Calligrapha Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Russet Alder Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha alni)
  • Ontario Calligrapha (Calligrapha amator)
  • Side Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha pantherina) 
  • Dogwood Calligrapha (Calligrapha philadelphica)
  • Moon-Marked Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha lunata)
  • Elm Calligrapha (Calligrapha scalaris)
  • Common Willow Calligrapha (Calligrapha multipunctata)
  • Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha pnirsa)
  • Globemallow Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha serpentina)
  • Calligrapha amelia 
  • Calligrapha anabelae 
  • Calligrapha ancoralis 
  • Calligrapha alnicola 
  • Calligrapha aeneopicta 
  • Calligrapha aladina 
  • Calligrapha androwi 
  • Calligrapha apicalis 
  • Calligrapha argus 
  • Calligrapha barda 
  • Calligrapha bidenticola 
  • Calligrapha billbergi 
  • Calligrapha californica 
  • Calligrapha catarinae 
  • Calligrapha cephalanthi 
  • Calligrapha confluens 
  • Calligrapha consputa 
  • Calligrapha discrepans 
  • Calligrapha dislocata 
  • Calligrapha diversa 
  • Calligrapha dolosa 
  • Calligrapha elegantula 
  • Calligrapha felina 
  • Calligrapha femorata 
  • Calligrapha floridana 
  • Calligrapha fulvipes 
  • Calligrapha fulvitarsis 
  • Calligrapha geographica 
  • Calligrapha gyllenhali 
  • Calligrapha ignota 
  • Calligrapha incisa 
  • Calligrapha intermedia 
  • Calligrapha knabi 
  • Calligrapha labyrinthica 
  • Calligrapha limbaticollis 
  • Calligrapha matronalis 
  • Calligrapha mexicana 
  • Calligrapha multiguttata 
  • Calligrapha multiplagata 
  • Calligrapha multipustulata 
  • Calligrapha notatipennis 
  • Calligrapha ostryae
  • Calligrapha panzoensis 
  • Calligrapha pavimentata 
  • Calligrapha polyspila 
  • Calligrapha praecelsis 
  • Calligrapha pruni 
  • Calligrapha ramulifera 
  • Calligrapha rhoda 
  • Calligrapha rowena 
  • Calligrapha sallei 
  • Calligrapha serpens 
  • Calligrapha sigmoidea 
  • Calligrapha simillima 
  • Calligrapha spiraeae 
  • Calligrapha stillatipennis 
  • Calligrapha suboculata 
  • Calligrapha suffriani 
  • Calligrapha suturella 
  • Calligrapha sylvia 
  • Calligrapha synthesys 
  • Calligrapha thermalis 
  • Calligrapha tiliae 
  • Calligrapha tortilis 
  • Calligrapha verrucosa 
  • Calligrapha vicina 
  • Calligrapha vigintimaculata 
  • Calligrapha virginea 
  • Calligrapha wickhami 
  • Calligrapha zapoteca 

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.35-0.47 in (0.9-1.2 cm)

Color: These beetles have varied colors, including black, brown, ivory, orange, red, and yellow. Their elytrae are covered with a series of black markings in the form of curves, dashes, dots, and lines.

Other Characteristic Features: They are small and round and are capable of flight.

Calligrapha

Larva

The larva goes through four instars.

Calligrapha Beetle Larva

Pupa

After feeding, they pupate on the soil or in a leaf litter.

Egg

The eggs are laid in a batch on the underside of the leaves of the host plant.

Quick Facts

Lifespan10-14 days
DistributionCentral and South America
HabitatTemperate forests
PredatorsBugs, earwigs, lacewing larvae, and some predatory ground beetles
Seasons activeYear-round
Host PlantsCheeseweed, copper globemallow, nightshades
Diet of adultsLeaves of certain plants
Calligrapha Beetle Picture

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

Like other leaf beetles, these beetles can defoliate small plants. While older plants can recover, younger plants may need a little help to survive an attack by these beetles.

Calligrapha Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • French entomologist Louis Alexandre Auguste Chevrolat first coined this genus in 1836.

Image Source: bugguide.net, live.staticflickr.com, apps.lucidcentral.org, beetlesinthebush.files.wordpress.com

The calligrapha beetles are a genus belonging to the family of leaf beetles. They are covered with beautiful black markings that resemble calligraphy patterns, which give them their name.

Calligrapha Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Russet Alder Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha alni)
  • Ontario Calligrapha (Calligrapha amator)
  • Side Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha pantherina) 
  • Dogwood Calligrapha (Calligrapha philadelphica)
  • Moon-Marked Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha lunata)
  • Elm Calligrapha (Calligrapha scalaris)
  • Common Willow Calligrapha (Calligrapha multipunctata)
  • Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha pnirsa)
  • Globemallow Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha serpentina)
  • Calligrapha amelia 
  • Calligrapha anabelae 
  • Calligrapha ancoralis 
  • Calligrapha alnicola 
  • Calligrapha aeneopicta 
  • Calligrapha aladina 
  • Calligrapha androwi 
  • Calligrapha apicalis 
  • Calligrapha argus 
  • Calligrapha barda 
  • Calligrapha bidenticola 
  • Calligrapha billbergi 
  • Calligrapha californica 
  • Calligrapha catarinae 
  • Calligrapha cephalanthi 
  • Calligrapha confluens 
  • Calligrapha consputa 
  • Calligrapha discrepans 
  • Calligrapha dislocata 
  • Calligrapha diversa 
  • Calligrapha dolosa 
  • Calligrapha elegantula 
  • Calligrapha felina 
  • Calligrapha femorata 
  • Calligrapha floridana 
  • Calligrapha fulvipes 
  • Calligrapha fulvitarsis 
  • Calligrapha geographica 
  • Calligrapha gyllenhali 
  • Calligrapha ignota 
  • Calligrapha incisa 
  • Calligrapha intermedia 
  • Calligrapha knabi 
  • Calligrapha labyrinthica 
  • Calligrapha limbaticollis 
  • Calligrapha matronalis 
  • Calligrapha mexicana 
  • Calligrapha multiguttata 
  • Calligrapha multiplagata 
  • Calligrapha multipustulata 
  • Calligrapha notatipennis 
  • Calligrapha ostryae
  • Calligrapha panzoensis 
  • Calligrapha pavimentata 
  • Calligrapha polyspila 
  • Calligrapha praecelsis 
  • Calligrapha pruni 
  • Calligrapha ramulifera 
  • Calligrapha rhoda 
  • Calligrapha rowena 
  • Calligrapha sallei 
  • Calligrapha serpens 
  • Calligrapha sigmoidea 
  • Calligrapha simillima 
  • Calligrapha spiraeae 
  • Calligrapha stillatipennis 
  • Calligrapha suboculata 
  • Calligrapha suffriani 
  • Calligrapha suturella 
  • Calligrapha sylvia 
  • Calligrapha synthesys 
  • Calligrapha thermalis 
  • Calligrapha tiliae 
  • Calligrapha tortilis 
  • Calligrapha verrucosa 
  • Calligrapha vicina 
  • Calligrapha vigintimaculata 
  • Calligrapha virginea 
  • Calligrapha wickhami 
  • Calligrapha zapoteca 

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.35-0.47 in (0.9-1.2 cm)

Color: These beetles have varied colors, including black, brown, ivory, orange, red, and yellow. Their elytrae are covered with a series of black markings in the form of curves, dashes, dots, and lines.

Other Characteristic Features: They are small and round and are capable of flight.

Calligrapha

Larva

The larva goes through four instars.

Calligrapha Beetle Larva

Pupa

After feeding, they pupate on the soil or in a leaf litter.

Egg

The eggs are laid in a batch on the underside of the leaves of the host plant.

Quick Facts

Lifespan10-14 days
DistributionCentral and South America
HabitatTemperate forests
PredatorsBugs, earwigs, lacewing larvae, and some predatory ground beetles
Seasons activeYear-round
Host PlantsCheeseweed, copper globemallow, nightshades
Diet of adultsLeaves of certain plants
Calligrapha Beetle Picture

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

Like other leaf beetles, these beetles can defoliate small plants. While older plants can recover, younger plants may need a little help to survive an attack by these beetles.

Calligrapha Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • French entomologist Louis Alexandre Auguste Chevrolat first coined this genus in 1836.

Image Source: bugguide.net, live.staticflickr.com, apps.lucidcentral.org, beetlesinthebush.files.wordpress.com

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