Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spotted Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha miliaris)


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This spotted Tortoise Beetle is from the family of Chrysomelidae under genus of Aspidomorpha. The scientific name for this bug is Aspidomorpha miliaris (Fabricus, 1775. The size is about 14mm.


This bug name has appear in previous post in this blog with almost the same black spots pattern and size. The spotted tortoise beetle with the same black spots pattern can be found at Wikipedia or EOL. But this one in this post really resembles to specimen in EOL.

Description: The main characteristic of this beetle is the white color dominating its overall body from the head. The elytra looks like as if it was made from clear resin and semi unregular black spotted over it. The color at the border between elytra is yellow.

Another tortoise beetle that named Aspidomorpha miliaris in this blog has the appearance in the photo below. We can see the color is different. But the size and the black spots pattern is almost the same. I am not really sure wether these two bugs come from the same species.



Scientific classification:
Kingdom : Animalia -animals
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Coleoptera - Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga - Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Chrysomeloidea - Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
Family : Chrysomelidae - Leaf Beetles
Subfamily : Cassidinae - Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines
Tribe : Aspidimorphini
Genus : Aspidomorpha
Species : Aspidomorpha miliaris (Fabricus, 1775)

References:
http://eol.org/pages/3283938/overview
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspidomorpha_miliaris


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