Subject: Coraliomela species
Location: Jaragua State Park, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
July 22, 2014 5:08 pm
Hi, Bugman! I was searching something I could send, it seems to me that you only have a single request of a Coraliomela leaf beetle. We call it “(falsa) barata-do-coqueiro (false) coconut-tree cockroach. It seems that the common name cockroach is because of the larval stage appearance.
I think it is most like <i>Coralimela aenoplagiata</i>.
Signature: Cesar Crash
Thanks for sending us images of this unusual Leaf Beetle. The images with your hands as scale are fascinating because we do not have North American Leaf Beetles that attain that size. According to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) page, it is classified as a Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae.
They’re Cassidinae, I don’t know if they can be called turtle beetles, because they’re in the old Hispinae.