Blepharida rhois

Sumac Flea Beetle

Blepharida rhois, Sumac Flea Beetle photo






Family: Chrysomelidae

Subfamily: Galerucinae

Length: 5-7 mm


This member of the Flea Beetles tribe (Alticini) feeds primarily on species of Sumac. Notice the large hind femora, typical of Flea Beetles.

Blepharida rhois is not easily confused with any other beetle found in West Virginia or in this region. Adults may be found any time between early Spring and September, but numbers seem to peak in June. The food plants in West Virginia include the Sumacs Rhus copallinum and R. hirta.

Blepharida rhois range map, West Virginia
Blepharida rhois range map

Insects of West Virginia