tortoise beetles

(Tribe Cassidini)

               
Overview

Cassidina is the tribe of beetles that contains most but not all of the species of tortoise beetles. It is a large tribe, with more than 1,700 species worldwide and 35 species in North America north of Mexico. There are at least 6 species found in Minnesota.

tortoise beetle (Tribe Cassidini)

 

Identification

Total Length: to ½ (4 to 13 mm)

See Subordinate Taxa below for identification information.

  Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Cucujiformia

 

Superfamily:

Chrysomeloidea (long-horned and leaf beetles)

 

Family:

Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Cassidinae (tortoise beetles and the hispines)

 

Tribe:

Cassidini (tortoise beetles)

 
Subordinate Taxa

blacklegged tortoise beetle (Jonthonota nigripes)

clavate tortoise beetle (Plagiometriona clavata)

eggplant tortoise beetle (Gratiana pallidula)

golden tortoise beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor)

thistle tortoise beetle (Cassida rubiginosa)

tortoise beetle (Agroiconota bivittata)

 
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Common
Names

tortoise beetles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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… a Tortoise Beetle Nymph which carries her poop on her back

  tortoise beetle (Tribe Cassidini)    
       

Clavate tortoise beetle (Plagiometriona clavata)

  clavate tortoise beetle    
       

thistle tortoise beetle (Cassida rubiginosa)

  thistle tortoise beetle    
       
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  Poop bug. Cassidini
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About

Jul 22, 2009

Golden tortoise beetle larva carrying a shield made of fecal matter, feeding on a leaf of bindweed. Observe its rear end adding a drop of fluid to the shield.

The poop bug metamorphoses into a beautiful little beetle, the tortoise golden beetle.

More here: http://pollinatingbee.blogspot.com/2009/08/relaxed-pollinator.html

7 22 09 Pennypack, PA

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
9/1/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

tortoise beetle (Tribe Cassidini)


     
     
 
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