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Species Charidotella sexpunctata - Golden Tortoise Beetle

Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata gold beetle  - Charidotella sexpunctata - male - female Tortoise Beetle 2 - Charidotella sexpunctata Beetle with transparent shield margin - Charidotella sexpunctata Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata Charidotella sexpunctata? - Charidotella sexpunctata golden beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata Golden Tortoise Beetle (sexpunctata) - Charidotella sexpunctata - Charidotella sexpunctata
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles)
Genus Charidotella
No Taxon (Subgenus Charidotella)
Species sexpunctata (Golden Tortoise Beetle)
Other Common Names
Sweet Potato Leaf Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Charidotella sexpunctata (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Cassida sexpunctata Fabricius 1781
Orig. Comb: Cassida bicolor Fabricius 1798
Numbers
2 subspecies n. of Mex. (1):
Charidotella (Charidotella) sexpunctata sexpunctata (Fabricius) - TX south
Charidotella (Charidotella) sexpunctata bicolor (Fabricius) - widely dist. N. Amer.
Size
5-7 mm
Identification

Overall golden-orange or golden-yellow with or without black elytral spots; legs mostly yellow, body oval or almost circular-shaped, elytral margins transparent, elytra and pronotum highly reflective in living specimens(2); adults change color when disturbed(3)
Larvae carry a fecal shield
Range
widely dist. (CA-FL-NS-BC) / Mex. to S. Amer / W. Indies (1)
(C. s. sexpunctata: TX to S. Amer.)
Season
mostly: May-Aug (Mar-Nov) (BG data)
Food
leaves of various Convolvulaceae
Life Cycle
1. Mating pair. 2. Larva under the fecal shield. 3. Larva adding material to fecal shield. 4. Pupa. 5. Adult.

Good information and video on building and using the fecal shield
See Also

Black-legged Tortoise Beetle (Jonthonota nigripes) also has 3 black spots on each elytron and overall orange color but is larger (8-9 mm), has mostly black legs, a more oblong shape, a duller surface, and elytral margins are opaque or translucent, not transparent.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
3.A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
Bastiaan M. Drees, John A. Jackman. 1998. Gulf Publishing.