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Mating tortoise beetles. These leaf beetles have black back ground color of the pronotum and elytra with metallic green to golden marks on them. The shell of the pronotum and elytra is transparrent and extended over the body. The size of each beetle is about 5mm. Classification: Order : Coleoptera (Beetles) Suborder : Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles) Superfamily : Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles) Family : Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles) Subfamily : Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines) Tribe : Cassidini (Tortoise Beetles) Genus : Cassida Species : Cassida circumdata (Herbst, 1799) Source: http://potokito-myshot.blogspot.com/2012.... Considered a sweet potato pest: http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/sweetp.... Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/156....
Spotted on the camote tops (sweet potato plants) in the backyard.