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Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Plagiometriona Clavata


Green larva with brown/black appendage which is held covering the back, or can be held straight out.


Vegetable garden, eggplant leaf.

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BeckyMader 9 years ago

Yes, and I also read that it can be composed of remnants from a prior molt... Fascinating!

ForestDragon 9 years ago

The brown/black stuff you see on this larva is called a fecal shield. It is exactly what it sounds like. These larvae use feces to help mask their appearance. Kind of neat and gross at the same time.

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jul 14, 2014
Submitted on Jul 14, 2014

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