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Species Physonota helianthi - Sunflower 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 Ischyrosonychini
Genus Physonota
Species helianthi (Sunflower Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Physonota helianthi (Randall)
Orig. Comb: Cassida helianthi Randall, 1838
Explanation of Names
Helianthus - Latin for 'sunflower' (1)
Size
Length 10.0-10.5 mm. Width 4.9-5.0 mm.
Identification
Oval. Shining pale yellow.
Pronotum with margin explanate, covering head from above; having 3 black spots, median more elongate.
Elytra with explanate margins; finely to moderately coarsely, mostly irregularly punctate.
Range
occurs in the the northeastern U.S.
Food
hosts on members of the aster family, Asteraceae.
See Also
Physonota unipunctata is similar.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.