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tortoise shell beetle

Aspidimorpha punctum


"A number of species come under the common name of tortoise beetles or tortoiseshell beetles. They are characterized by flattened, spiny larvae and adult beetles with broad domed oval shaped elytra."


Spotted just after rain on taro (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) in a large semi-urban yard & garden situated next to a disturbed patch of remnant lowland forest.

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Tortoise Beetle
Aspidimorpha punctum Aspidimorphapunctumhabitus1

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago


MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Muito fofa!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Hemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

cool spotting!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Agnes! Your link's image of Aspidimorpha punctum is a closer pattern match than A. westwoordi which itself was a close match. And there are records from New Guinea too!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks J!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Cool spotitng, Scott! I didn't know they came in leopard print. ;-)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thank you Larry, Gerardo, poopsstetson, Ashish and Carol!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

I love this! So cool! My favorite kind of beetle. I found 2 here in the USA, but they don't look exactly like this. Way to go!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Scott check following link...

poopsstetson 8 years ago

Amazing! I want one here in Maine to show my daughter who loves to study beetles!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Great spot beautiful :)

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Great spot Scott!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Luis, Emilie, Oneng, Jolly and kittuandme!

I will check out Aspidomorpha, Emilie. New Guinea (Indonesia or otherwise) shares a lot of biological affinities with Australia...

kittuandme 8 years ago

Nice spotting....

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Beautiful find.

OnengDyah 8 years ago

Pretty..... love that color.

EmilieChich 8 years ago

Looks a lot like Aspidomorpha westwoordi, which is an australian species. I'm not sure they exist in Indonesia, so I propose Aspidomorpha sp. Maybe someone else can narrow the species down.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

I love tortoise beetles, I didn't know they existed until I saw them here in Project Noah. Thanks for sharing Scott.

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Papua, Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 7, 2013
Submitted on Feb 7, 2013

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