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Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2006
12:06 AM

Post #2349107

This beetle looked absolutely golden when I took this picture (a bad picture; sorry): it's in the bottom left hand portion of the frame. I don't know if it's what is eating the morning glory or not. Its shape reminds me of an early instar potato beetle, but not the color.

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Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2006
12:07 AM

Post #2349112

So then I take the leaves off of them to take another picture, and they turn... red. Very weird.

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paalexan
Las Cruces, NM

June 4, 2006
12:24 AM

Post #2349162

That's a tortoise beetle, perhaps Charidotella sexpunctata. Those transparent fringe-thingies are pretty distinctive, and I think they only occur in the tortoise beetles (at least in the US).

Patrick Alexander
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2006
8:01 PM

Post #2351587

Thank you; tortoise beetle it is.

The fringe around the beetle does look like that around the immature potato beetle... innerestin.

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