Explanation of Names
Charidotella sexpunctata (Fabricius 1781)
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(3)
; change color when disturbed(4)
Larvae carry a fecal shield
transcontinental, BC-NS to CA-FL to S. America(1)
; C. s. sexpunctata
: TX to S. America, Ch. s. bicolor
e NA to IA-TX(2)
and w NA (BC-)
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.