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Spotted Tortoise Beetle

Conchyloctenia tripuncticollis

Description:

Green and gold tortoise beetle, on leaves of Solanum panduriforme.

Habitat:

Savanna/woodland

Notes:

Observed at Siphiso Campsite, Mlawula Nature Reserve

1 species ID suggestions

one-of-about-three-thousand-species-of-tortoise-beetles-without-English-common-name
Conchyloctenia cf. tripuncticollis Conchylocteniatripuncticollishabitus

9 Comments

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

I know virtually nothing about parasitoid wasps - perhaps there's someone else here who can comment?

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

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)?

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

I usually prefer to use the scientific names, common names are so unreliable!

MichaelGeiser
MichaelGeiser 4 years ago

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.

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

... or perhaps dying ... it did move between photos.

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

It's definitely possible that it was dead - it let me take photos without flying off!

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

It appears there IS an english common name for this one ...

Spotted tortoise beetle (Conchyloctenia tripuncticollis)

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/495206

MichaelGeiser
MichaelGeiser 4 years ago

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).

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

Thanks for the ID, Michael!

Lubombo, Swaziland

Lat: -26.21, Long: 32.00

Spotted on Dec 27, 2014
Submitted on Jan 10, 2015

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