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Green and gold tortoise beetle, on leaves of Solanum panduriforme.
Observed at Siphiso Campsite, Mlawula Nature Reserve
I know virtually nothing about parasitoid wasps - perhaps there's someone else here who can comment?
A fantastic looking beetle. Wasps form an interesting picture - trying to work their way in. Do parasitoids also attack dead or dying creatures ?. Great spotting Kate ! and might I thank MichaelGeiser for the input (on your spotting)?
I usually prefer to use the scientific names, common names are so unreliable!
Ok, I didn't know that somebody came up with a common name for this species. I still prefer to call it Conchyloctenia tripuncticollis (even though that's an awfully long name!), because the name "spotted tortoised beete" has already been used for a common Asian species (Aspidimorpha miliaris) and probably a number of other tortoise beetles. Since there are thousands of cassidine species with spots, this name is a bit unspecific. But it might be useful within South Africa.
... or perhaps dying ... it did move between photos.
It's definitely possible that it was dead - it let me take photos without flying off!
It appears there IS an english common name for this one ... Spotted tortoise beetle (Conchyloctenia tripuncticollis)http://www.ispotnature.org/node/495206
I wonder if this beetle was already dead... Six parasitoid wasps trampling on a beetle's head and elytra usually mean nothing good (for the beetle, a hymenopterist would love that kind of scene).
Thanks for the ID, Michael!
Lat: -26.21, Long: 32.00
Spotted on Dec 27, 2014 Submitted on Jan 10, 2015
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