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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Chelymorpha cribraria

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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 Mesomphaliini
Genus Chelymorpha
Species cribraria (Chelymorpha cribraria)
Explanation of Names
Chelymorpha cribraria (Fabricius 1775)
Latin for 'sift-like, perforated'
Variable in color and markings but usually with multiple dark spots of almost uniform size and spacing on the elytra that make it appear to be perforated like a metal colander.
adventive in FL (established), native to S. America & West Indies(1)(2) (in FL north to Orange Co., per M.C. Thomas's 14.v.2008 comment)
associated with Convolvulaceae(3) Often found on vines of genus Ipomoea (morning glories and sweet potatoes).
showed up in so. FL following hurricane Andrew (Sep. 1993). --M.C. Thomas, 14.v.2008
Internet References
Fact sheet - Thomas 1999 [Cite:185010]
Works Cited
1.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
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.