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Species Gratiana pallidula - Eggplant Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle - Gratiana pallidula Eggplant tortoise beetles - Gratiana pallidula - male - female Gratiana pallidula (Boheman) - Gratiana pallidula Teneral tortoise beetle? - Gratiana pallidula Eggplant Tortoise Beetle? - Gratiana pallidula Eggplant Tortoise Beetle? - Gratiana pallidula Eggplant Tortoise Beetle? - Gratiana pallidula Gratiana pallidula? - Gratiana pallidula
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
Species pallidula (Eggplant Tortoise Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gratiana pallidula (Boheman)
Orig. Comb: Cassida pallidula Boheman, 1854
Explanation of Names
pallid (L). 'pale' (1)
2 spp. (incl. one recently introduced) n. of Mex. (2) (2nd sp. in se US)

Adult: in most live individuals, pronotum light green, elytra light golden brown 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: may be at least partly green, and carry a fecal shield above its back (photo B)
e. US to CA (CA-FL-NY-NE) / Mex. (3)
hosts: Solanum spp. (Solanaceae) (2)
Print References
Boheman, C. H., 1854. Monographia Cassididarum. Tomus secundus. Holmiae, 506 pp. + 2 tab.
White, R.E. 1975. The identity of Gratiana lutescens (Boh.) and G. pallidula (Boh.) (Cassidinae: Chrysomelidae). USDA Coop. Econ. Ins. Rpt., 25 (10): 166.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2006
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.