All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Tortoise beetle</strong>
<em>Plagiometriona clavata</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
July 17, 2009

It is not hard to see how this little beetle gets its common name, it really does look like a tiny tortoise or turtle! I found it on a tomato plant leaf ...
Tortoise beetle
Plagiometriona clavata
Oak Ridge, TN
July 17, 2009

It is not hard to see how this little beetle gets its common name, it really does look like a tiny tortoise or turtle! I found it on a tomato plant leaf while I was picking some herbs on the patio. The two black spots on the lower edge of the photo are its "frass" (a.k.a. "bug poop").
There are several different species of Tortoise beetles, they have very distinctive outer wings that cover their body.

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