Aug 10, 2012

The Beautiful Golden Tortoise Beetle [12 pics]

 

The Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) is a widely distributed North American insect with a typical size of 5 -7 mm. Recognizable by their golden colour, they have the ability to change colours when disturbed. This color change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell. Their preferred food are Morning Glory leaves.

Below you will find a gallery of this fascinating insect, best known for its shimmering metallic colour. For more information please visit:

- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services
- BugGuide.net
- Wikipedia

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle - Undisturbed Adult

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle

Photograph by Kenneth Ng on Flickr

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata

Photograph by Rob Swatski on Flickr

 

 

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Dec 08 - portrait mode of Golden Tortoise Beetle

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle

Photograph by lika2009 on Flickr

 

 

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Photograph via Scientific American

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle

Photograph by SeabrookeLeckie.com

 

 

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Golden Bug (Tortoise beetles)

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle

 

 

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Golden Tortoise beetle

Photograph by Dougeee on Flickr

 

 

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Golden Tortoise Beetle

 

 

 

 

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