Updated February 2008.

Epilachnini Mulsant, 1846: 190.

Body medium-sized to large, dorsally pubescent; head exposed. Eyes broadly separated on frons and not emarginate. Antenna 10- or 11-segmented, inserted in frons, their insertions narrower than inner orbits of eyes. Mandible multidentate apically, without mola; terminal maxillary palpomere strongly securiform; mentum trapezoidal and narrowing anteriorly. Prothoracic hypomeron without fovea near anterior angles; prosternal process narrow without distinct carinae. Elytral epipleuron complete, rarely foveate. Tarsal claws split and often with additional basal tooth. Abdominal postcoxal line recurved and almost complete.

Distribution and Biology
Worldwide, but with a large number of species confined to the tropics; all species are herbivorous.

Tribe References
Bielawski, R. 1963. Monographie der Epilachninae (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) der Australischen Region. Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 21: 295-461.

Jadwiszczak, A.S. & Wegrzynowicz, P. 2003. World Catalogue of Coccinellidae Part I - Epilachninae. Olsztyn: Mantis 264 pp.

Kapur, A.P. 1950. The biology and external morphology of the larvae of Epilachninae (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 41: 161-208, pl. VI.

Li, C.S. and Cook, E.F. 1961. The Epilachninae of Taiwan (Col.: Coccinellidae). Pacific Insects, 3(1): 31-91.

Li, C.S. 1993. Review of the Australian Epilachninae (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 32(3): 209-224.

Richards, A.M. 1983. The Epilachna vigintioctopunctata complex (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). International Journal of Entomology, 25(1): 11-41.

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