Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Charidotella sexpunctata (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Cassida sexpunctata Fabricius 1781
Orig. Comb: Cassida bicolor Fabricius 1798
2 subspecies n. of Mex. (1)
Charidotella (Charidotella) sexpunctata sexpunctata (Fabricius) - TX south
Charidotella (Charidotella) sexpunctata bicolor (Fabricius) - widely dist. N. Amer.
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
widely dist. (CA-FL-NS-BC) / Mex. to S. Amer / W. Indies (1)
(C. s. sexpunctata: TX to S. Amer.)
mostly: May-Aug (Mar-Nov) (BG data)
leaves of various Convolvulaceae
1. Mating pair. 2. Larva under the fecal shield. 3. Larva adding material to fecal shield. 4. Pupa. 5. Adult.
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.