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Tortoise Beetle (Larvae)

Plagiometriona clavata


Tortoise Beetle Larvae spotted on the golf course of Maxwell AFB, near the Alabama River.

1 Species ID Suggestions

MrsPbio 7 years ago
Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larvae
Plagiometriona clavata Tortoise Beetle Larva - What's That Bug?

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MrsPbio 6 years ago

Thanks, Hema Shah. I am a very stubborn lady! LOL.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

These are definitely Tortoise beetle larvae

SargonR 7 years ago

Thanks! I guess this explains why they were in the same area (same foliage) as all the tortoise beetles I spotted!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 7 years ago

great work Karen!

MrsPbio 7 years ago

I'll copy a bit from the page:
"Dear Michelle,
You are being troubled by the larvae of a Tortoise Beetle, most likely a Clavate Tortoise Beetle. These beetles feed on plants in the tomato family including Chinese Lantern. You may also compare your photo to this image posted to BugGuide. Your observation about the baggage is correct. According to the Featured Creatures website: “The larva is a typical tortoise beetle type, but very unlike most other beetle larvae. The last abdominal segment has a special “fecal fork” which permits the attachment of dried fecal matter. This fecal mass is carried over the dorsum in the same form as “trash bugs” (Neuroptera), and presumably offers a degree of protection through camouflage. The body is green, flattened, and almost entirely fringed with whitish multispiculate projections.”

MrsPbio 7 years ago

OK... at first I thought this was a
"crowned slug" caterpillar, but then I found THIS! I think this is it... based on the "baggage" your critter is toting behind itself.

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Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Jun 9, 2015
Submitted on Jun 9, 2015

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