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 (krĭs′ə-mĕl′ĭd, -mē′lĭd)
Any of various plant-eating beetles of the family Chrysomelidae, which includes the Colorado potato beetle.

[From New Latin Chrȳsomēla, type genus, from Greek khrūsomēlon, quince : khrūso-, chryso- + mēlon, apple.]

chrys′o·mel′id adj.


(ˌkrɪsəˈmɛlɪd) entomol
a vibrantly-coloured beetle belonging to the family Chrysomelidae that eats the leaves of plants
relating to the Chrysomelidae
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chrysomelid - brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaveschrysomelid - brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaves; larvae infest roots and stems
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
flea beetle - any small leaf beetle having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping
Colorado beetle, Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, potato beetle, potato bug - black-and-yellow beetle that feeds in adult and larval stages on potato leaves; originally of eastern Rocky Mountains; now worldwide
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These numbers are comparable to founding populations of other successfully established herbivores, including the gall flies Urophora affinis (Frauenfeld) (Tephritidae) and Procecidochares alani Steyskal (Tephritidae), the chrysomelid beetles Galerucella calmariensis (L.
2007) therefore argued that chrysomelid beetles radiated long after the origin of angiosperms and that their diversification was driven by repeated radiation on a pre-existing diverse resource, rather than ancient host associations.
Speciation patterns of invertebrates have been, in contrast, much less studied, and only recently have genetic studies been conducted on Coleoptera such as the tenebrionid Stomium (Finston & Peck 1995), the chrysomelid Nesaecrepidia (Verdyck & Desender 1999), the carabid Calosoma (Desender & Verdyck 2000; Verdyck et al.
While in Nepal they discovered an iridescent chrysomelid leaf beetle that feeds on the leaves of skunk vine both as a larva and an adult and appears to be related to the chrysomelid beetle that successfully controlled klamath weed (St.
Effects of grazing by chrysomelid beetles on two wetland herbaceous species.
1971; Mullens & Rodriguez 1984); and curculionid and chrysomelid beetles from grains (Richter & Tchalale 1994).
The chrysomelid beetle Gastrophysa viridula ate more tissue on species of Rumex infected by Uromyces rumicis but had increased time for development and higher mortality than on uninfected plants (Hatcher, 1995).
The "Agassa" species appear to be mimics of chrysomelid beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae).
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