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Tortoise Beetle from Brazil

Tortoise Beetle from Brazil

Subject: Unidentified Beetle
Location: Iguacu, Brazil
October 20, 2014 5:47 am
I took this picture of an iridescent beetle at the Iguacu Falls in Brazil.
Can you please identify it.
Regards
Ina
Signature: Ian Rowlings

Dear Ian,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, and it is similar to this individual on Insetologia.  We located an image on FlickR of
Cyrtonota cyanea that looks like a very good match to your Tortoise Beetle.  We found an image of a mounted specimen on Cassidinae of the World, but dead specimens of Tortoise Beetles often lose their beautiful coloration.

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Subject: larva of what?
Location: Meadow in Southern MN USA
August 24, 2014 7:56 pm
Hello there Bugman & Staff,
We work at the local Nature center here & ran across this unusual bug. We have these two shots of it. We have searched, but to no avail… now I am searching sites online. This was found friday aug. 22nd, in a meadow on a grass. It did not seem to be feeding on the plant. We found it during our search for monarch caterpillars. ( We tag the adults & use some of them in a display for the public). We would appreciate any help or guidance identifying this small creature. We are located in Southern Minnesota.
Thank you kindly,
Jillian
Signature: Nature Center Staff

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Jillian,
We knew immediately that this creature is a Tortoise Beetle Larva, and that thing on the end of its tail is excrement.
  We felt it could not be an Arizona Tortoise Beetle, Physonota arizonae, but we also believed it was closely related.  We believe it is the Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva, Physonota helianthi, which we identified on BugGuide and that belongs in the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “Food: hosts on members of the aster family, Asteraceae.”

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Thank You so graciously from our staff, to yours!
We have been identifying a lot of species, and that one gave us a hard time. It was a larva stage, I suppose that’s why. We were able to find and identify a cicada wasp, that was interesting study also.
I wont take up more of your time than necessary, I know it’s precious.
Thank You so kindly,
Jillian
“May many smiles brighten your every day!”

 

 

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Subject: Strange Green Thing
Location: Brownwood, Tx
August 20, 2014 7:13 pm
This thing is located in a garden in Brownwood, Tx. The thing on its back seems to be attached.
Signature: thegnatfly

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Hi thegnatfly,
This is the larvae of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide. The attached thing is dried fecal matter.

Wow! Thank you so much! I will let my mom and others know about your site. It was found in her garden.

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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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