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The Chrysomelinae are a subfamily of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). Some 2000 species are found, with worldwide distribution. The best-known member is the notorious Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), an important agricultural pest.

Chrysolina fastuosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
Latreille, 1802

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Some species of Chrysomelidae express high levels of maternal care for insects. Not only do they locate food-rich environments for their eggs, they protect both the eggs and the larvae after hatching.[1]

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  1. ^ Windsor D.M.; Dury, G.J.; Frieiro-Costa, F.A.; Lanckowsky S.; Pasteels, J.M. (2013). "Subsocial Neotropical Doryphorini (Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae): new observations on behavior, host plants and systematics". ZooKeys (332, Special issue: Jolivet P., Santiago–Blay, J. and Schmitt, M. (eds) Research on Chrysomelidae 4): 71–93. doi:10.3897/zookeys.332.5199. PMC 3805320. PMID 24163582.
  2. ^ Ge, Siqin; Daccordi, Mauro; Yang, Xingke (2008). "Revision of the Genus Agasta Hope (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)". Entomological News. 119 (4): 375–388. doi:10.3157/0013-872X-119.4.375.
  3. ^ Poinar Jr, George (2013). "Stenaspidiotus microptilus n. gen., n. sp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae) in Dominican amber, with evidence of tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) oviposition". Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology. 25 (1): 101–105. doi:10.1080/08912963.2012.710443.

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