Dicladispa (genus)

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Dicladispa Gestro, 1897

This genus of leaf beetles includes more than 100 species which are found in tropical and subtropical parts of Africa, Asia and southern Europe. Several species are pests of rice, maize or sugarcane. The larvae are leafminers while the adults feed on the surface of the leaves. They might form swarms and often have a restricted host range. The adult beetles are around 5 mm long and spiny (hedgehog beetles).

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: