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Subject:  Looks like a bug with an amber encrusted frog on top
Geographic location of the bug:  Toronto, Canada
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 02:43 PM EDT
Found this bug on my sliding door today. At first I thought a tiny frog was eating a bug, but it looked like it was encrusted in amber. It’s about 1cm in size, maybe smaller. Looking closer at my photos, the shape of the “amber” crust looks too perfect, so maybe it’s just the bug’s shell.
Any idea what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Steven

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Steven,
We like your amber-encrusted frog observation as a description of the elytra of this Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  All three provided views are gorgeous and illustrative.

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Clayton, NM, USA
July 21, 2017 5:42 pm
I found this bug on our property in town but in an area that just grows what ever but it is mowed.
it was found on the plant in pictures, in Clayton, New Mexico, USA I was just curious what it is as I have never seen one like it.
Signature: Ayla S.

Feces Carrying Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Ayla,
This appears to be a Tortoise Beetle Larva in the tribe Cassidini, similar to this Thistle Tortoise Beetle larva pictured on BugGuide, however we are not convinced that is your species because BugGuide data does not include any New Mexico sightings, though there are Colorado sightings.  The description of where they were found is consistent with the BugGuide habitat:  “weedy fields and waste places where food plants grow.”  BugGuide lists the food as “various Asteraceae, incl. thistle (
Carduus, Cirsium, Onopordum) and knapweed (Centaurea) spp.” and the leaves pictured in your image look to us like they belong to the aster family.  There are other members of the genus and we suspect their larvae look similar, but the most specific we are comfortable responding is that this is a Tortoise Beetle larva from the tribe Cassidini.

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Subject: Help
Location: Vermont
June 3, 2017 8:06 am
Please tell me what this ugly thing is ..
Signature: Jennifer Emery

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Jennifer,
We just posted another image of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle that was compared to “a robot gummy bear.”  Your submission is being post-dated to go live to our site later in the month when our editorial staff is on holiday.

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Subject: WHAT?
Location: Northeast Ohio
June 5, 2017 5:55 am
I’m not sure it’s a bug. It looks like suction cup to window. 70° outside, June.
Signature: Interested mama..

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Interested mama,
This is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  According to BugGuide, the food plants include:  “ground-cherries (
Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).”

Thank you very much!
In my 57 yrs of being a tomboy running around outside in Southwestern Ohio, I had never seen one…and neither had any of my almost 300 Facebook friends who weighed in. I will look at the info on this creature!
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Subject: It looks like a robot gummy bear
Location: Dayton Ohio
June 3, 2017 8:26 am
This was suctioned to my patio door. It was about 1/4 inch in diameter. The “wings” encircled or covered the entire body, except for the antennae. The “wings” were transparent.
Signature: Ms

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Ms,
We love your description of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle as a “robot gummy bear.”  The description on BugGuide is:  “adult: dorsum with large dark patch shaped like a teddy bear, with ‘legs’ of the ‘bear’ reaching elytral margins and the ‘head’ extending onto the pronotum.”

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Subject: Tortoise Beetle in Artwork
Location: Guyana
August 5, 2016 2:51 pm
Hi! I’m a nature illustrator and have created a sculpture of a Tortoise beetle, but I cannot find the scientific name of the beetle. I hope that you can help me find it so that I can accurately label the artwork! I have attached an image of the sculpture.
Thank you so much for your help!!
Zebith
Reference photo from the web:
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/artour_a/5286734532/
Signature: Zebith Thalden of Intersectus Design

Illustration of a Tortoise Beetle from Guyana

Illustration of a Tortoise Beetle from Guyana

Dear Zebith,
Thanks for working with us to create this posting.  We hope you understand why we cannot post images downloaded from the internet when there is no permission from the photographer.  This Dobsonfly posting addresses the complicated issues of Copyright Infringement and also illustrates the problems we encounter when there is no permission to use images.  This Eucharitid Wasp image is another example of plagiarism we have encountered on our site.
We began our search using the common name Tortoise Beetle coupled with first Guyana, and then neighboring countries like Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela, but all produced no matching images.  We then turned to the scientific name for the Subfamily Cassidinae that includes Tortoise Beetles, and we struck gold with this pdf on BioLib entitled Tortoise beetles of the French Guyana – a faunistic review (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) by LECH BOROWIEC1 and GÉRARD MORAGUES, but alas, there are no illustrations, though there are numerous scientific names of the species found in French Guyana.  Searching for images for each of those names might take weeks, and though we do not have the time, you may.  We then tried to search the subfamily name coupled with other nearby countries, and when we found this unidentified Tortoise Beetle from Peru in our own archives that we suspect might be in the genus
Eugenysa, we decided to search that name as well, but again to no avail.  Though we drew a big blank, we are going to put out a request to our readership, including Cesar Crash of Insetologia from Brazil and to Karl who loves a challenge, to assist us in this ID.  You might also try to contact LECH BOROWIEC1 and GÉRARD MORAGUES to see if they can assist you.  If you do eventually score a species, or at least a genus ID, please let us know.

Thank you so much for all of your work! I will continue the search and hope that the tendrils that we both are putting out there will bring back an answer. Fingers crossed!
As far as the copyright, I appreciate your policy. As an artist, I deeply appreciate when people make sure others only post images that they have direct permission to use. Thank you for upholding these respectful (and legal) standards!
Zebith

 

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