Mystery Bug
Location: Newmarket, Ontario
May 15, 2012 7:10 pm
Saw this strange looking bug on our patio. It was able to fly and resembled a ladybug in flight. You can see it’s antennae sticking out – body underneath carapace was roughly same color (orange/red).
Signature: Rob

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Hi Rob,
This distinctive beetle is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata.  Are you growing tomato plants on the patio?  According to BugGuide:  “plants in the tomato family (Solanaceae): ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp.; other reported host plants probably incidental.” 

Thank you! It was indeed on a tomato plant…

Location: Canada

4 Responses to Clavate Tortoise Beetle

  1. How cute! But what is the benefit of looking like a tiny turtle?

  2. Phil Zack says:

    I just found one on a tomato plant – the leaf looked like Swiss cheese. I had never seen one before.

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