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Subject: What’s That Bug?
Location: Lakewood, Ohio
July 25, 2014 10:31 am
We saw this bug at a family picnics at the city park. I’ve been in Cleveland Ohio for 40 years and have never encountered this bug. Looks half caterpillar half insect and very alien.
Signature: Matt S.

Leaf Beetle Larva

Leaf Beetle Larva

Dear Matt,
This is the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and knowing the food plant would tremendously help in narrowing down the possibilities.  It is very similar in structure to a Potato Beetle Larva, which causes us to believe it is closely related, and the best we can do right now is to narrow it down to the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the tribe Doryphorina.  You can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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Subject: Coraliomela species
Location: Jaragua State Park, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
July 22, 2014 5:08 pm
Hi, Bugman! I was searching something I could send, it seems to me that you only have a single request of a Coraliomela leaf beetle. We call it “(falsa) barata-do-coqueiro (false) coconut-tree cockroach. It seems that the common name cockroach is because of the larval stage appearance.
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barata-do-coqueiro#mediaviewer/Ficheiro:Coraliomela_sp.jpg
I think it is most like <i>Coralimela aenoplagiata</i>.
Signature: Cesar Crash

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Hi Cesar,
Thanks for sending us images of this unusual Leaf Beetle.  The images with your hands as scale are fascinating because we do not have North American Leaf Beetles that attain that size.  According to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) page, it is classified as a Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae.

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Hi Daniel,
They’re Cassidinae, I don’t know if they can be called turtle beetles, because they’re in the old Hispinae.

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Subject: Bug/Beetle
Location: Paintsville, KY
July 18, 2014 5:39 pm
I have photographed bugs for over five years and have never run across one of these. Can you please help?
Signature: Jennifer Perdue

Case Bearing Leaf Beetle:  Cryptocephalus mutabilis

Case Bearing Leaf Beetle: Cryptocephalus mutabilis

Hi Jennifer,
We needed to do a bit of searching on BugGuide to identify your Leaf Beetle as
Cryptocephalus mutabilis, one of the Case Bearing Leaf Beetles in the subfamily Cryptocephalinae.  According to BugGuide it is “Polyphagous” meaning it is not especially particular about which leaves it will eat.

Case Bearing Leaf Beetle:  Cryptocephalus mutabilis

Case Bearing Leaf Beetle: Cryptocephalus mutabilis

Thank you so very much!!! I guess I didn’t search deep enough lol. Thank you again for your time and quick response!

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Subject: Unkown insect
Location: Nebraska
June 30, 2014 2:15 pm
I was walking around outside and I found these two sitting on a puncture vine..I’ve never seen anything like them, and I’m assuming that they are make and female due to one being bigger than the other. They are about the size of a pea, so not very big. They don’t seem to move around much. Can you help me figure out what they are, and everything about them? :)
Thanks!
Signature: Annalyn

hey, thank you for helping, but a couple of my friends helped me find out what I had. It’s a potato beetle larvae! :) I’ve just never seen them in this state before. :P I love discovering new things, so this is fun! Thanks!

Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae

Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae

Hi Annalyn,
We are happy to learn that you have already identified these Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae, and according to BugGuide, they can be distinguished from the larvae of other member of the genus because:  “Larva has two rows of black spots on each side. Falso Potato beetle larva has one row of black spots.”
  The range of the Colorado Potato Beetle was greatly expanded through agriculture and the cultivation of the potato.

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Subject: Never seen before
Location: Central maine USA
June 28, 2014 8:04 pm
Found this on sons water bottle at the golf course.
Signature: sean

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Sean,
Both adults and larvae of the Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata, feed upon the leaves of plants in the family Solanaceae which includes many commonly cultivated garden plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.

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Subject: Bug in my vegetable garden
Location: Southern Connecticut
June 7, 2014 3:59 pm
I found this bug on a leaf of my eggplant plant in my vegetable garden. What kind of bug is it? Is it harmful to my garden? Will it eat the leaves off my vegetable plants?
Signature: ACR

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear ACR,
This is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata, and according to BugGuide, adults and larvae feed upon:  “ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).”  Those plants belong in the same family as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.

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