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Genus Chelymorpha

Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha cassidea? - Chelymorpha phytophagica Orange Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha Argus Tortoise Beetle - Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha cassidea Chelymorpha cribraria - Chelymorpha
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Mesomphaliini
Genus Chelymorpha
Explanation of Names
Chelymorpha Chevrolat 1836
Greek 'tortoise-shaped'(1)
Numbers
3 spp. (incl. one adventive) in our area(2), ~70 spp. total(3)
Range
New World, primarily S. America(3); in our area, C. cassidea is widespread throughout the US and so. Canada (QC-SK), C. cribraria established in FL (adventive from the Neotropics), C. phytophagica KS-TX-AZ(2)
Food
hosts: Convolvulaceae(4)
Life Cycle
Click on the image to view a Life Cycle series of photos.
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
4.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.