I saw a metallic looking 'ladybug' today! What is it?

scpearson(5 NE CT)June 2, 2011

Hello,

This is a new one (bug) for me: it had a ladybug shape but was a silver metallic color.

It was on my deck, checking out my newly planted windowboxes! Has anyone else seen them? Friend or foe?

Susan

NE CT

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I had some a few years ago on my ornamental sweet potatoes and they ate holes, leaving them looking quite ragged. At the time I looked them up, but haven't had them recently, so I don't remember name or anything other than they seem to be specific to sweet potatoes. They are stunningly beautiful, though - my first thought was that they would make lovely jewelry.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 8:26PM
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ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))

IT sounds like a Japanese beetle.... on;y metallic bug I know

Here is a link that might be useful: images and ifo on it

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 6:44AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Not a Japanese beetle that was eating my sweet potatoes. I looked it up; it's a golden tortoise beetle, Charidotella bicolor. See link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Golden tortoise beetle

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 9:52AM
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diggingthedirt

Wow, they're very variable looking - interesting.

Here is a link that might be useful: golden tortoise beetle on google images

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 6:45PM
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diggingthedirt

This is from the site below. These guys don't seem to do much damage...

Host Plants
The golden tortoise beetle is associated with sweet potato and related species such as morning glory, Ipomoea spp.; and bindweed, Convolvulus spp. Only plants in the family Convolvulaceae are hosts.

Damage
Both larvae and adults feed on foliage. The typical form of injury is the creation of numerous small to medium-sized irregular holes. Both stages usually inhabit the lower surface, but eat entirely through the fo

Here is a link that might be useful: featured creatures at UFL

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 6:50PM
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scpearson(5 NE CT)

Thank you, all for the information and links. I didn't plant sweet potatoes so its probably all the morning glories he's checking out. I'll keep an eye on them to see if they left any family members.
Strange looking little bug !

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 1:05AM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

I saw one this year for the first time too! Mine was all gold. I even mentioned it to my husband.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 9:59AM
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capecodder(z6 MA)

They showed up on my morning glories about 2 years ago, have never seen them on anything else. They really do a lot of damage...

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 7:30PM
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