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13-spotted Tortoise beetle

Laccoptera tredecimpunctata


The mated female beetle starts laying eggs 3 days after emergence and lays relatively few eggs, about 7 eggs. The eggs are laid singly in batches of 3 eggs per group. The incubation period lasts 5 to 6 days. There are 5 larva instars, each instar lasts 1-8 days with a total larval period of 7-30 days. The larva is sluggish and rarely moved from its feeding site unless disturbed or when changing feeding area. The larva carries the attached exuviae in an upright position concealing the larvae when at rest. When about to pupate the larva attaches itself firmly on the underside of the leaf. The pupa still carries the exuviae attached to the subanal spines. Pupal period ranges from 3-10 days. The total life cycle is 14-46 days. Longevity of adults lasts up to 2 weeks. Male to female ratio is 1.9:1.0.


Host range : Sweetpotato is the main host, while other Convolvulaceae especially Ipomoea triloba are alternative hosts. Other crops which have been established as alternative hosts are coffee, beet, potato and various flowers.

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13-Spotted Tortoise Beetle
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Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Kranti :) :)

KrantiAzad 7 years ago

Oh amazing !

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Vasudha and Injica :)

injica 7 years ago

wonderful ;)

vasudha548 7 years ago

Good one.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Landmarkexpert, larry, reiko and marya :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Agnes! I guessed u ll be suggesting solution for this surely :)

O yes, it is a first of its species here, Congrats!!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

I guessed it from your earlier profile pic :)
I m happy that this one is new for Noah :)

:D guilty as charged! Puppies, and also kittens :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Ha ha ha ha :) Yes it is :)
As for as i know, you like i ryt?

Welcome Adi. I think I first found that link when I was researching about the green tortoise beetles taking residency in our sweet potato plants. :)

Btw, the 1st and 2nd pics look a lot like face of a cute puppy :):)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you so much Agnes for wonderful link :)
I bookmarked it :) So many nice u got that??

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Ha ha ha :) Yes sckel :)
Goji berry :) lolz :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

spectacular series!

Beautiful tortoise beetle, Adi!
Here's another reference:

LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Fantastic Tortoise beetle!

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago


RiekoS 7 years ago

Very nice!

Sckel 7 years ago

I see a red dried goji berry . :)

Adarsha B S
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Adarsha B S

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jun 11, 2013
Submitted on Jun 26, 2013

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