Taxonomy Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Family: Chrysomelidae Subfamily: Chrysomelidae Genus: Calligrapha Species: Spiraeae Life cycle Calligrapha Spiraeae Ninebark Beetle Phylogeny The genus Callighrapha is currently recognized to have more than 80 species. Approximately one third of these species are present in North America north of Mexico. Habitat and feeding habits The Calligrapha spiraeae uses the Physocarpus opulifolius, Ninebark as their host. References: http://beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com/tag/leaf-beetles h ttp://www.buglifecycles.com/flies/chrysomelidaeonninebark.pdf h ttp://bugguide.net/node/view/321517 Heike Morales, Biology 1407, Fall semester 2012 Interesting Facts Beeltes is the genus Calligrapha are the most host-specific or all phytophagous beetles. They are difficult to distinguish, usually they are distinguished by their host plant.