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Subspecies Physonota calochroma floridensis - Geiger Tortoise Beetle

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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 Ischyrosonychini
Genus Physonota
Species calochroma (Geiger Tree Tortoise Beetle)
Subspecies floridensis (Geiger Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly Physonota calochroma floridensis
Size
8-11 mm
Identification
live adults are brilliant lime green with a black spot in the middle of the pronotum; dead museum specimens are dull yellow to cream-colored - very different from live animals
Range
Florida: from Palm Beach to Key West
Food
feeds on the Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena)
Remarks
First placed in the genus Eurypepla by Blake in 1966; listed under that genus by Borowiec in his World Catalog of Cassidinae in 1999.
Print References
World Catalog of Cassidinae by Lech Borowiec, University of Wroclaw, Poland, 1999.
Internet References
taxonomic history plus synonyms, host plant, subspecies, and distribution (Cassidinae of the World)
preserved adult image (Cassidinae of the World)
description - PDF doc of adult, larva, pupa [with drawings], and distribution in Florida (Robert Woodruff, Florida Dept. of Agriculture)