Argus Tortoise Beetle

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Kansas
April 3, 2016 6:49 pm
Found in wooded area in Kansas. Larger than Ladybug.
Signature: S.W.

Argus Tortoise Beetle
Argus Tortoise Beetle

Dear S.W.,
This is a really gorgeous image of an Argus Tortoise Beetle,
Chelymorpha cassidea, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in clusters of 15-30 on leaves. Larvae feed on leaves, carry frass on back. Overwinters as adult.”

1 thought on “Argus Tortoise Beetle”

  1. Just found some larvae & 1 adult Argus Tortoise Beetle in my yard after a hard rain last night, in the Oklahoma Panhandle. I’d post pics but there is no option.


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