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Southern Golden Tortoise Beetle

Charidotella sexpunctata sexpunctata (Fabricius)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cassidinae, Tribe Cassidini


Southern Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella s. sexpunctata (Fabricius)

(disturbed adult (undisturbed adults are golden))

Santa Ana NWR, Alamo, Hidalgo Co., Texas 
July 20, 1998 (M Quinn)

State Records for Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor

Southern Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella s. sexpunctata (Fabricius)

State Record Data per Riley et al, 2003

Range: Charidotella sexpunctata is transcontinental and extends southward into South America.

Host: Convolvulaceae Family, primarily Ipomoea spp. (Clark et al, 2004)

Similar Species: There are seven species of Charidotella (in two subgenera) north of Mexico. (Riley et al, 2003)

Texas Taxa:

Charidotella emarginata (Boheman) - Arizona to Texas, south to Central America
Charidotella purpurata (Boheman) - Rocky Mountains eastward
Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor
(Fabricius) - Widely distributed across North America, north of Mexico.
Charidotella sexpunctata sexpunctata (Fabricius) - Texas, Mexico, West Indies, Central and South America.
Charidotella succinea (Boheman) - Arizona to Colorado and Texas, south to Panama.


Tortoise Beetle - TAMU
Charidotella (=Metriona) bicolor (Fabricius) - John Capinera, University of Florida


Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata - Lynette Schimming
Golden Tortoise Beetle Larva - Charidotella sexpunctata - Lynette Schimming

Biography: Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808), Danish botanist and entomologist - Wikipedia


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