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Subject:  Gold leaf beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 10:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This lovely was resting on a water hyacinth in my garden. The iPhone pic doesn’t do its color justice – it was a bright metallic gold.  I’m guessing it’s a leaf or a tortoise beetle, but I haven’t been able to find any matches online.  Any ideas?
(Plus, it’s a really cool photo and I wanted to share it.)
How you want your letter signed:  drsunsets

Tortoise Beetle, we believe

Dear dr sunsets,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe it is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but we didn’t read your submission that carefully, and we thought you took this image in The Netherlands, so we did not find any matching images.  We will attempt a new search of Caribbean species.  A quick search turned up no matches.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Wow, thanks so much for your quick reply!

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Subject:  What are these bugs on my artichoke?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern France
Date: 04/29/2018
Time: 09:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Our artichoke plants are infested with these strange looking bugs. They are on artichoke plants quite far apart, but no other plants. Looks like some sort of lice (?) with a very strange tail which they use to cover/camouflage their bodies with. They are eating the plants fast and causing quite a lot of damage. Approx 5mm in size.
How you want your letter signed:  Matilde Holloway

Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Matilde,
These look unmistakably like Tortoise Beetle Larvae that carry fecal matter on their back for camouflage.  We did some research and found several French language sites, including Natura Mediterraneo and Agraria that identify these as the larvae of the Tortoise Beetle
Cassida deflorata.

Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larvae

Thank you so much, that makes perfect sense, when we first saw them we thought they were droppings. Upon further research it appears they are
Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larvae  which makes sense given that they were on the artichokes only.
Thanks again
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Subject:  Some kind of Cassida?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ranomafana, Madagascar
Date: 04/19/2018
Time: 03:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beetle while taking  photographing some frogs very close to a waterfall.
Since we were very close to both a waterfall and rainforest it was a very moist terrain. It was sitting on a smaller bamboo-like plant. The visit was in the begining of the cooler season there.
How you want your letter signed:  Janne

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Janne,
This is indeed a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but we cannot say for certain that it is a member of the genus
Cassida and we have not been able to locate any matching images that would help identify the species.

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Subject:  Tortoise Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica
Date: 03/14/2018
Time: 04:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I had seen this little Tortoise nettle a couple of times and it looks like a Mottled one but the color is uniform on its back. Do you know  which specie it is
How you want your letter signed:  Esther

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Esther,
Many Tortoise Beetles in the tribe Cassidini are quite beautiful and your individual is no exception.  Your individual looks to us like
Microctenochira cf. vivida which is pictured on Project Noah.

Thank you so much for the identification! Tortoise Beetles are so beautiful, here in the city I had only see two variations though. Have a great weekend!
Esther Murillo

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Zimbabwe harare
Date: 01/21/2018
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Clusters of this bug can only be found on one tree in our garden.  Demolishing the leaf to a skeleton before moving on.  They have been here for 2 weeks now with no sign of lying eyes or making cocoons
How you want your letter signed:  Di

Tortoise Beetle Larvae, we believe

Dear Di,
These are NOT Caterpillars, the larvae of butterflies or moths.  Rather, they are beetle larvae.  We suspect they are Leaf Beetle larvae or more specifically Tortoise Beetle larvae from the subfamily Cassidinae.  Knowing the tree would be of tremendous assistance to providing an actual species identification.  The look like the Fool’s Gold Beetle larvae pictured on BioDiversity Explorer, but that would mean your tree is actually a shrub in the family Solanaceae.

Tortoise Beetle larvae we believe

wow Thank you so much.  I will have to take a leaf down to the local nursery to identify the tree/shrub.  it is very big for a shrub over 5 meters at a guess but it is shrub like with many big stems/trunks and hanging branches I cannot see anything similar on the internet when I use the shrub name suggested.
I will continue looking and searching.

Best regardsDiane

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Subject:  Golden Ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Falcón, Venezuela
Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 11:01 AM EDT
Hi, I found this beetle in my car this morning. It looked exactly like a Ladybug but spotless and with an iridescent golden color. For what I’ve seen it’s not a Tortoise Beetle, so what could it be?
How you want your letter signed:  Gabriela G

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Gabriela,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, probably one of the Tortoise Beetles.  Alas, we did not have any luck locating matching images on the internet.

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