Bassareus mammifer

Cryptocephaline Leaf Beetle

Bassareus mammifer, Leaf Beetle

Family: Chrysomelidae

Subfamily: Cryptocephalinae

Length: typically 3.8-4.3 mm


Adults of Bassareus mammifer are seen most often in West Virginia in June and July. A note on one series of specimen labels from the state indicates the series was collected on Currant.

Marshall (2006) has a photograph of a female Bassareus mammifer in the process of coating an egg with a protective "fecal blanket."

There are several described subspecies.

Bassareus mammifer range map, West Virginia
Bassareus mammifer range map

Insects of West Virginia