Aquatic Leaf Beetle (Donacia sp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Aquatic Leaf Beetle (Donacia sp.)

Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles) Subfamily Donaciinae (Aquatic Leaf Beetles)

Adults of many species are most often associated with water lilies (Nymphaea and Nuphar)

“difficult to identify – there is considerable sexual dimorphism and intraspecific variability.”

Learn more: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/dear/labs/biology/biokeys/beetles10.pdf
Key page: 35

Shown on Florida Native Plant: American White Waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) leaf in the pond.

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