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Species Plagiometriona clavata - Clavate 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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles)
Genus Plagiometriona
Species clavata (Clavate Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coptocycla testudinaria Boheman 1855
Explanation of Names
Plagiometriona clavata (Fabricius 1798)
clavata 'clubbed'
2 sspp.(1)
body 5-7 mm; female larger than male
adult: dorsum with large dark patch shaped like a teddy bear, with "legs" of the "bear" reaching elytral margins and the "head" extending onto the pronotum
P. c. clavata e. NA to Great Plains; P. c. testudinaria so. US (AZ-LA) to S. America(1)
ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae)(2)
Life Cycle
Egg Larva Adult
See Also
Deloyala are superficially similar but the "teddy bear" shape is missing "hind legs"
Parorectis callosa (SC-FL-AL, TX; on Solanaceae)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.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.