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Subject: Space Bug
Location: Sherman, Texas
July 26, 2016 11:27 am
What is this lovely little guy? He looks like he has dropped in from outer space or a 70s disco party. Will he be staying for dinner? If so, which of my pants will be served up?
Signature: Grammy Gardener.

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Dear Grammy Gardener,
This is a Mottled Tortoise Beetle,
Deloyala guttata, and you can verify our ID on BugGuide.  Adults and larvae both feed on leaves of morning glories.

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Subject: Cool looking lady bug do you know what this bug is?
Location: Meadville Pennsylvania 16335
May 20, 2016 1:02 pm
I just wanted to know if you knew what this bug is i know it’s a type of beetle maybe a dart beetle? I’m at work but as soon as I saw it i was amazed of how it looked and wanted to know if it’s rare for my location. I’m 25 years old and never seen a bug this cool looking from Pennsylvania. I’m a eagle scout and did have a lot of outdoors experience and did get a insect study merit badge. But if you can find out and let me know thanks.
Signature: By Samuel Juracko

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Samuel,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, most likely the Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata , which is pictured on BugGuide where it states it feeds upon:  “ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).”

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Kansas
April 3, 2016 6:49 pm
Found in wooded area in Kansas. Larger than Ladybug.
Signature: S.W.

Argus Tortoise Beetle

Argus Tortoise Beetle

Dear S.W.,
This is a really gorgeous image of an Argus Tortoise Beetle,
Chelymorpha cassidea, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in clusters of 15-30 on leaves. Larvae feed on leaves, carry frass on back. Overwinters as adult.”

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Subject: Bug at ASa Wright
Location: Asa Wright, Trinidad
March 19, 2016 8:52 am
Hi, we found this bug on a night time walk from the Asa Wright center on Trinidad. It was about half an inch long.
Signature: /A

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Dear /A,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae and it looks close enough to this image of
Acromis spinifex on FlickR that we suspect it might be a variation or subspecies on your island, or at least a member of the same genus.  There is also a similar looking image on Scientific Illustration.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with an identity.

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Subject: What’s That Bug?
Location: Oklahoma 73533
December 4, 2015 2:15 am
Hello guys! Please take a look at the picture, could not identify it by myself. These 3 creatures were on the flower on second picture.
Signature: Sasha VL

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Sasha,
This is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva, and it carries around its own fecal droppings as a means of camouflage.  They feed on plants that are members of the morning glory family.

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Subject: Mystery Insect Captured during a nature walk in Amazonian Ecuador
Location: Cuyabeno National Park, Sucumbios, Ecuador
September 5, 2015 4:15 pm
Greetings bug-men and -women!
My name is Josh and my home is San Diego, California. Working in a pharmaceutical lab during the week, I always enjoyed indulging in the inkling in the state parks around where I live to get out and see the flora and fauna. Although I haven’t traveled much most of my life, this summer my friends were able to persuade me to go with them to Ecuador in order to tour its Amazonian and Andean reaches! Although the diversity was expected, nevertheless I was stunned by the simply unhinged assortment of birds, monkeys, and especially insects. Harboring only a very amateur level of knowledge of some scientific classifications, I was able to do research and figure out each of the insects seen on the voyage, except for one!!! The insect (or possibly even a mollusk?) I would like to present really threw me for a loop. My tour group was on its way on foot to a Siona community about longitudinally midway in the Cuyabeno National Park in Ecuador. I was falling behind the tour, so I was onl y able to snap 1 quick photo of the little guy. Anyhow after some exhaustive searches upon my return home my findings were inconclusive. If you ever find the time to take a look at it, I’d love to know what this peculiar guy was. Then I’ll be able to revise my current slang name for it, the 1934 Tatra 77, of which it bears remarkable resemblance. 😉
Signature: Sincerely, Josh

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Josh,
This is most definitely a Tortoise Beetle in the Leaf Beetle tribe Cassidini.  We found a matching image on Getty Images, but it is not identified to the species level.  Similar looking images on FlickR and again on FlickR are not identified more specifically.  At this time, the best we can do is the general identification.

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