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Tortoise beetle larva

Chrysomeliade, Cassidini.

Description:

Tortoise beetle larvae cover their body with their own faeces (or frass). According to a brazilian expert, Prof. Zundir Buzzi, this behaviour increases up to 70% the larva's protection against predatory wasps. Different species of TBs build this shield in different shapes. This one has a very interesting cover, that looks like a small moth's wings, as shown in photos 2 and 5. Photo 4 shows a side view, and photo 3 shows where the cover attaches to the larva's tail.



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Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Lat: -25.56, Long: -49.23

Spotted on Jan 5, 2016
Submitted on Jan 21, 2016

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