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Tribe Mesomphaliini

Spotted orange beetle - Chelymorpha phytophagica Chelymorpha (cassidea?) life cycle - Chelymorpha cassidea Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha phytophagica Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea argus tortoise beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha cassidea - Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha - Chelymorpha phytophagica
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Mesomphaliini
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stolaini
Explanation of Names
Mesomphaliini Hope 1840
Numbers
4 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1), ~700 spp. in 24 genera total(2)
Range
neotropical (mostly S. American) group, with a few spp. ranging into our so. US (Chelymorpha cassidea reaches so. Canada)(1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)