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Imperial Tortoise Beetle

Stolas imperialis


Sometimes words simply aren't good enough to describe what I find...


Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Mesomphaliini, Stolas imperialis. Here is a link for another source:

1 species ID suggestions

bayucca 4 years ago
Imperial Tortoise Beetle
Stolas imperialis Stolas imperialis Spaeth 1898:588

72 Comments (1–25)

Thank you James.

james.dunn a year ago

That is one of the most interesting beetles that we have ever seen. Great find.

InêsVeloso 2 years ago


armadeus.4 2 years ago

Oh my...

ida snow
ida snow 2 years ago

I live in Nova Scotia Canadar two years ago I reached inside my mail box and got stung it was excruciating felt like a serious burn but not visible,,, from accidentally touching an insect, it really resembled the Tortoise Beetle. i still wonder does anyone have information on what the insect may have been.......

MayraSpringmann 3 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Thank you again theridula.

theridula 3 years ago

Just letting you know, the mites are the parasitic larvae of a family distantly related to true velvet mites (Trombidiidae) called Erythraeidae. Unfortunately, I cannot identify the subfamily or genus without seeing the mites closer. Nice photo!

kerry.vaneeden 3 years ago

That is a truly beautiful beetle you spotted.

KarenSaxton 3 years ago

I am in awe.

sunnyjosef 3 years ago

Incredible spotting Sergio!!! Congrats!!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

To all of you that favorited and praised this spotting obrigado, thank you, gracias, merci, danke, धन्यवाद, 谢谢, salamat, ありがとう. @yunseong1: no, it is not poisonous at all.

LuisStevens 3 years ago

Congrats sergio, amazing SOTD!

yunseong1 3 years ago

Is it poisonous?This beetle looks really interesting.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Congratulations Sergio - well deserved, of course !!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 4 years ago

wow!!!! what a beautiful spotting Sergio... Congrats....

Tom15 4 years ago

Way to go Sergio, congrats on a great SOTD!

bayucca 4 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

It was just a joke, bayucca. There is plenty of "cold blondes" for all of us... :-)

bayucca 4 years ago

Ha, Sergio, I suggest another order...

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

To all people that liked and made such nice comments on this one, thank you very much. To Yasser, thanks a lot for choosing one of my spottings as SOTD again. It is, and always will be, an honor. To bayucca, I am still waiting you to come here, so we can make a field trip together - lots of butterflies and longhorn beetles here, you know. To Mark, I am waiting you here too, so we can have some beers while bayucca works on the IDs... :-)

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 4 years ago

Congratulations Sergio. You did it again!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 4 years ago

Congrats Sergio!!!Superb!!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 4 years ago

Very Amazing!!! Congrats Sergio! :)

ToshimiDowaki 4 years ago

Congratulations! Very beautiful series!

SC, Brazil

Lat: -26.42, Long: -49.25

Spotted on Nov 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 16, 2014

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