Conchyloctenia punctata (Spotted tortoise beetle)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera  Family: Chrysomelidae; Subfamily: Cassidinae)

Conchyloctenia punctata, like the Fool's gold beetle Aspidomorpha tecta, is also found on Morning Glory Ipomoea spp. creepers. It has a similar life cycle to the Fool’s gold beetle but can by easily distinguished from it by being oval not round and by having yellow and black markings on the elytra rather than the gold colouring found in the other species.

Conchyloctenia punctata

 

Conchyloctenia punctata under bark of dead fig tree trunk in Cape Town garden. [image H. Robertson, Iziko ]

 

 

Text and image by H. Robertson

 

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