Explanation of Names
Spartocera batatas (Fabricius 1798)
Humeral angles of the pronotum rounded, lateral margins not expanded. Newborn nymphs are red but soon become very dark brown except for the head, the lateral angles of the pronotum and the expanded lateral edges of the abdomen, which are marked with bright red-brown spots.
native to the Neotropics (West Indies to so. Brazil)(1)
, adventive in our area (FL)
first reported in the continental US: FL 1995