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Species Jonthonota nigripes - Blacklegged Tortoise Beetle

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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 Jonthonota
Species nigripes (Blacklegged Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Jonthonota nigripes (Olivier)
Orig. Comb: Cassida nigripes Olivier 1790
Explanation of Names
nigripes (L). 'black-footed' (1)
8-9 mm
adult reddish-orange with 3 black spots on each elytron; legs mostly black or dark brown, body shape oblong and nearly parallel-sided, elytral margins opaque or translucent but not transparent, surface not highly reflective(2); larva straw-yellow

Jonthonota nigripes (Olivier)
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2010
CA-FL-NY-MT / AB-MB / Mex. (3), (4)
fields, meadows, gardens
Apr-Sept (BG data)
larvae and adults feed on morning glory and sweet potato (Convolvulaceae) (5)
See Also

Charidotella sexpunctata is smaller (5-7 mm) with mostly yellow legs, a more oval or circular shape, transparent margins on the elytra, and a shinier surface
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The leaf beetles of Alabama
Edward Balsbaugh and Kirby Hays. 1972. Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.Annotated list of the leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of Kentucky: Subfamily Cassidinae
Barney R.J., Clark S.M., Riley E.G. 2007. J. Kentucky Acad. Sci. 68: 132-144.
5.Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.
6.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)