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Genus Chelymorpha

leaf beetle - Chelymorpha cribraria Argus Tortoise beetle - Chelymorpha phytophagica Chelymorpha cassidea (Fabricius) - Chelymorpha cassidea Mystery Larva - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha - Chelymorpha phytophagica Chelymorpha (cassidea?) life cycle - Chelymorpha Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha cribraria
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Mesomphaliini
Genus Chelymorpha
Explanation of Names
Chelymorpha Chevrolat 1836
Greek 'tortoise-shaped'(1)
3 spp. (incl. one adventive) in our area(2), ~70 spp. total(3)
New World, primarily S. America(3); in our area, C. cassidea is widespread throughout the US and so. Canada (QC-SK), C. cribraria established in FL (adventive from the Neotropics), C. phytophagica KS-TX-AZ(2)
hosts: Convolvulaceae(4)
Life Cycle
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Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
4.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.