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ID for this Tortoise Beetle
Wed, May 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM
Hi guys,
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.
aussietrev
Queensland, Australia

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Hi Trevor,
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.

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Correction: Mon, May 18, 2009 at 12:53 PM
Hi Daniel:
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.
Karl
Link: http://www.biol.uni.wroc.pl/cassidae/katalog%20internetowy/notosacanthadorsalisfig.htm

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One Response to Tortoise Beetle from Australia

  1. drtjhawkeswood says:

    I confirm the identity of this beetle as Notosacantha dorsalis (originally in the genus Hoplionota). All known information on this species (as well as a photo) has been reviewed by me in the papers 79 and 252 available as free pdf files from http://www.calodema.com

    Thank you, Trevor

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