ID for this Tortoise Beetle
Wed, May 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM
This one has me beat. Looks like several tortoise beetle species except that the prothorax doesn’t cover the head. Any ideas? Found feeding on wattle leaf.
Sorry for the delay, but Wednesday is the worst day of the week to write to us since we don’t get home from work until nearly 11 PM. Then we get backed up with several days worth of letters. We haven’t had a chance to try to identify your Tortoise Beetle, but perhaps by posting it, someone will write in with an identification.
Correction: Mon, May 18, 2009 at 12:53 PM
I believe aussietrev’s tortoise beetle (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) is in the genus Notosacantha (formerly Hoplionota); probably N. dorsalis. The species appears to be limited to Queensland. The larvae of all Notosacantha species are leaf-miners. Regards.