Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle

a Chrysomelidae in s.f. Galerucinae, from Kitale, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on sweet potato foliage in a subsistence farm at Kitale, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

Some species of leaf beetles feed as larvae (grubs) on the roots of various plants. One of the most notorious for agriculture is the corn rootwoom. As adults they feed on a wide variety of plant leaves, but normally their feeding intensity is of little consequence. Whether this is indeed a rootworm I don't know certainly.

Chrysomelidae -- Leaf Beetle Family
Galerucinae -- Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles

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Kenya Natural History

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