Tortoise Beetle from Trinidad

Subject: Bug at ASa Wright
Location: Asa Wright, Trinidad
March 19, 2016 8:52 am
Hi, we found this bug on a night time walk from the Asa Wright center on Trinidad. It was about half an inch long.
Signature: /A

Tortoise Beetle
Tortoise Beetle

Dear /A,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae and it looks close enough to this image of
Acromis spinifex on FlickR that we suspect it might be a variation or subspecies on your island, or at least a member of the same genus.  There is also a similar looking image on Scientific Illustration.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with an identity.

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