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.
- 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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