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Booger Beetles and Fecal Shields

he western subspecies of the clavate tortoise beetle
The western subspecies of the clavate tortoise beetle, Plagiometriona clavata testudinaria (Boheman) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and VPM radio producer Steve Clark discuss the finer points of the defense strategies employed by the clavate tortoise beetle, Plagiometriona clavata (Fabricius) and its larva. 

Dr. Arthur V. Evans teams up with VPM Radio producer Steve Clark for a weekly feature, “What’s Bugging You?,” which airs during NPR’s Morning Edition. The program takes its name from another of Evans’ books “What’s Bugging You – A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate.”

Tune in each Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. or at 5:44 p.m. on VPM News.