Definition of tortoise beetle in English:

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tortoise beetle

Entry from US English dictionary


A small flattened leaf beetle with an enlarged thorax, having wing cases that cover the entire insect and provide camouflage and protection. The larva carries a construction of feces and molted skins for camouflage.
  • Cassida and other genera, family Chrysomelidae.
Example sentences
  • Another resident was a little tortoise beetle, Deloyola guttata, which I found to be fairly abundant on a morning glory vine.
  • The Gratiana boliviana, 5-to 6-millimeter-long tortoise beetle, appears to have the fecundity, longevity, and host-specificity to make it an ideal natural control agent.
  • Extensive screening of possible biological controls in 1996 and 1997 led the scientists to the 5-to 6-millimeter-long tortoise beetle, Gratiana boliviana.

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Syllabification: tor·toise bee·tle

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