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Genus Gratiana

Gratiana boliviana Cassidine on Solanum, larva - Gratiana pallidula Tribe Cassidini - Tortoise Beetles -? - Gratiana pallidula Gratiana pallidula Gratiana pallidula Gratiana pallidula (Boheman) - Gratiana pallidula Larvae - Gratiana pallidula Tortoise beetle - Gratiana pallidula
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 Gratiana
Explanation of Names
Gratiana Spaeth 1913
Numbers
2 spp. (incl. one recently introduced) in our area, 7 spp. total(1)
Identification
Adult of G. pallidula: carapace in live individuals mostly light green anteriorly (on pronotum), and mostly light golden brown posteriorly (on elytra), with explanate, transparent margins; color of dead specimens mostly medium brown with lighter brownish-yellow margins; body oblong; elytral margins almost parallel-sided for more than half of their length; elytral disc with many small surface pits arranged in several longitudinal rows
Larva of G. pallidula: may be at least partly green, and carry a fecal shield above its back
Range
so. US to Argentina & Bolivia(1)
Food
on Solanum (Solanaceae)(1)
Remarks
G. boliviana was imported to control Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) in FL (Medal et al.)(2)