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Larva ID - Neochlamisus

Larva ID - Neochlamisus
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
June 29, 2008
Size: ~8mm (case)

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Larva ID - Neochlamisus Larva ID - Neochlamisus Larva ID - Neochlamisus

Moved from Leaf Beetles.

case bearer
What plant did you find it on? If it is blackberry (Rubus) or rose then you likely have an Exema gibbosa of the Chlamysinae.

It was feeding on...
new growth on a young oak tree.

Okay, that means it is a spec
Okay, that means it is a species of Neochlamisius. To figure out which species you need to breed it through. They are easy to keep in a plastic peanut butter jar with fresh host. They usually will pupate by cementing the case to a twig or leaf. It should emerge this year but could possibly overwinter. Lightly mist the container for humidity once its pupated and you have removed all but the material it pupates on. Species of Neochlamisius look similar to Exema but the majority are metallic in coloration and feed on trees and shrubs instead of herbs.

I have it in a large clear container. I will follow your advice and see what it becomes. If everything goes well, I shall obtain some images and then release it. Stay tuned :^)

Many thanks!

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