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Tortoise beetle
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN

Tortoise beetle
Plagiometriona clavate
Size: 1/4 inch long

Where/When: Feeds on leaves of sweet potato, morning glory, Chinese lantern, jimson weed, and other plants in Solanaceae (nightshade family) and Convolvulaceae (morning glory family). Active from June through August.

Significance: Rarely found in high numbers in home gardens; feeding is primarily cosmetic.
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