Epitrix (genus)

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Author(s): Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Epitrix Foudras, 1860

This genus contains nearly 200 species of tiny flea beetles which feed mainly on Solanaceae. Several are considered to be pests of crops like the potato flea beetle (Epitrix cucumeris) which is found in Europe and North America. The adults feed on the leaves. The females lay their eggs at the base of the stem and the larvae attack the roots.

The adults are less than 3 mm long and black to pale brown in colouration. In some species the elytra have a pattern or are metallic. The body is covered with hairs. Other characters of the genus include the structure of the antennae (with 11 segments), the rest of the head, the pronotum and the legs. The hind femora are enlarged and all legs have 4-segmented tarsi.

Control of European species is described at EPPO Bulletin (2016) 46, 556-566.

Type species: Epitrix atropae

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