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Species Deloyala guttata - Mottled Tortoise Beetle

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles)
Genus Deloyala
Species guttata (Mottled Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Deloyala guttata (Olivier)
Orig. Comb: Cassida guttata Olivier 1790
Numbers
3 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
~5 mm
Identification

adult: broadly oval; margins of pronotum and elytra clear or golden, elytra usually mottled black and yellow but can vary from completely orangish-yellow to completely black (see color/pattern variation in 7 images on 3 pages)
larva: dull green, bluish along back, covered with broad branching masses of excrement
Range
TX-FL-NS-AB / s. to Venezuela / W. Indies (1)(2)
Habitat
fields, meadows, gardens, lawns & yards
Season
Mostly: May-July, (Mar-Oct) (BG data)
Food
larvae and adults feed on leaves of Convolvulaceae (morning glory family) (3)
Life Cycle
overwinters as adult beneath leaf litter; multiple generations per year, the number varies with latitude

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Remarks
tested for biocontrol of Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) (4)
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