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Charidotella sp.? - Charidotella purpurata

Charidotella sp.? - Charidotella purpurata
Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Ottawa-Carleton, Ontario, Canada
August 6, 2013
I found this small tortoise beetle on morning glory leaves, and later, found a dark, almost black tortoise beetle larva in the same vicinity. I thought at first it was Charidotella purpurata but having checked all the C.sexpunctata photos here, I find some of them can be this orangey colour, in addition to the gold and the red colours which I have seen before. So now I wonder if this is sexpunctata. I'm not sure that C. purpurata occurs up here. Or another species?

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Charidotella purpurata
This looks like a typcal Charidotella purpurata to me. Charidotella sexpunctata has as the name inplies 6 dots on the elytra which normally show as black dots in non gold specimens, but at least should show as impressions if concolor with the elytra. Also note that sexpunctata never shows the dark pattern on the sides of the eltrya (shoulder) as in your specimen whichs is very typical in C. purpurata.

 
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I learn so much from Bug Guide, as here with your explanation of why this tortoise beetle is most likely C. purpurata. Thank you very much.

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