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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: 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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Subject: Unknown on my potato plants
Location: Norfolk, MA
June 9, 2014 7:00 am
This bug is on my potato plants in eastern Mass. Thie first time I found one I picked the leaf it was stuck to and took it to my CSA farmer, who had no ideas. They sort of suction onto the leaves. this year, there are more. I have some leaf damage, but not too bad. Then the other day my daughter was trying to get one to crawl/move, and away it flew! no visible wings when it’s sitting there, and it flies in a slow kinda clumsy way. Just trying to figure out if they are damaging to my garden, how to deal with them.
thanks!
Signature: Caroline

Mating Clavate Tortoise Beetles

Mating Clavate Tortoise Beetles

Hi Caroline,
These are mating Clavate Tortoise Beetles, and the adults and larvae feed on the leaves of plants in the family Solanacea, which includes potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other similar garden crops.

Thank you!  I’ve never seen anything like these, and based on your identification I’ll leave them alone unless the leaf damage gets to be too much.  Then possibly beetle relocation program!  (though I have read they like tomato, pepper and squash plants, all of which I have this year)

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Subject: Beetle from Peru
Location: Central Peru
January 2, 2014 7:08 pm
Please help me to identify this beetle from the cloudforest in Peru (photo taken at about 1.200 m Elevation on the eastern slope of the Andes). Thank you!
Signature: Frank

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Frank,
We are in awe of the bold, complimentary colors of this stunning Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae and tribe Cassidini.  This Peruvian Amazon relative pictured on FlickR bears a resemblance and we would would not doubt they might both be in the genus
Eugenysa, or this individual also on FlickR and also from Peru and also tentatively in the genus Eugenysa.

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Subject: Tortoise Beetle?
Location: Baltimore, MD
June 27, 2013 7:42 pm
I found this cute little guy on the side of my coffee mug. He looked like a drop of gold! I snapped a few photos, and when I scrolled in for a closer look I realized that the edges of his exoskeleton are actually translucent! Very beautiful insect!
Signature: Enchantedmama

Tortoise Beetle

Golden Tortoise Beetle

Dear Enchantedmama,
We have to admit that we were drawn to your submission because of your beguiling signature.  Thank you for submitting a wonderful photo of a Golden Tortoise Beetle,
 Charidotella sexpunctata. We hope you continue to be enchanted by the world of insects.

 

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