Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Tucson, AZ
September 20, 2012 9:19 am
My son and I were at the pool when we saw this bug in Tucson, AZ. Its body reminded me of a ladybug but the colors and design on it are different. Could you please help us identify this bug?
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the Leaf Beetle tribe Cassidini and we believe we have correctly identified it as Deloyala lecontii based on photos on BugGuide. On the genus page, BugGuide states: “larvae and adults feed on plants in the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae).” After death, Tortoise Beetles lose their lovely metallic gleam.