tortoise beetle

[ tawr-tuhs beet-l ]

noun
  1. 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

1
First recorded in 1705–15

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British Dictionary definitions for tortoise beetle

tortoise beetle

noun
  1. 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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