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Species Deloyala guttata - Mottled 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 Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles)
Genus Deloyala
Species guttata (Mottled Tortoise Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Deloyala guttata (Olivier 1790)
Size
~5 mm
Range
e NA to Rockies (NS-FL to AB-TX) to Venezuela / W. Indies - Map (1)(2)(GBIF)
Habitat
fields, meadows, gardens, lawns & yards
Season
mostly: May-Oct (BG data)
Food
larvae and adults feed on leaves of Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)(3)
Life Cycle
overwinters as adult beneath leaf litter; multiple generations per year, the number varies with latitude
Click on either image to view a Life Cycle series of photos.
Remarks
tested for biocontrol of Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)(4)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.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.
3.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.
4.Invasive plants with biocontrol -- BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations