milkweed tortoise beetle
See under tortoise beetle.
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- milkweed beetle,
- milkweed bug,
- milkweed butterfly,
- milkweed family,
- milky disease,
- milky way
any of several turtle-shaped leaf beetles, as Chelymorpha cassidea (argus tortoise beetle or milkweed tortoise beetle), which resembles the ladybird beetle and feeds primarily on bindweed and milkweed.
Origin of tortoise beetle
First recorded in 1705–15
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a metallic-coloured leaf beetle of the genus Cassida, in which the elytra and terga cover the body like a shell
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