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Genus Charidotella

Golden tortoise - Charidotella sexpunctata Tortoise Beetle larva - Charidotella sexpunctata Cassidinae on bindweed. Larva - Charidotella sexpunctata Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata - Charidotella sexpunctata - male - female brilliant beetles - Charidotella sexpunctata Charidotella sexpunctata Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata Charidotella sexpunctata
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 Charidotella
Explanation of Names
Charidotella Weise 1896
Numbers
6 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1), ~100 spp. in 5 subgenera total(2)
Range
New World, mostly neotropical; in our area, widespread across the continent but more diverse in the south(3)(2)
Food
our spp. on Convolvulaceae(3)
Life Cycle
1. Mating pair. 2. Larva under the fecal shield. 3. Larva adding material to fecal shield. 4. Pupa. 5. Adult.

Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
3.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.