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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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Connecticut

One Response to Clavate Tortoise Beetle

  1. Juli Everett says:

    I found this Clavate Tortoise Beetle on a door in my house where I had hung a bunch of Chinese lantern plants to dry. Googled it on whatsthatbug site and eventually found it. I had never seen anything like it!

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