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Golden Tortoise beetle larva

Charidotella sexpunctata


What I at first thought were 4 caterpillars are in fact Golden Tortoise beetle larvae. I would'nt know where to start to describe it so have added the Wiki description. "The larva accumulates shed skins and frass on a structure called an anal fork, which it positions over its body as a fecal shield to hide it from predators. This is usually effective against smaller insect predators, but not larger ones, such as hemipterans. After two to three weeks it becomes a spiny brown frass-covered pupa, and one or two weeks later it emerges as an adult" - Wiki


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This is my 3,000th spotting on Project Noah. It's been an amazing experience for me joining the group, I've had some wonderful walks & experiences getting here, being totally blown away by the beauty that surrounds us, and amazed by some of the weird wildlife that I've come across, this spotting being one of them, plus having the luxury of seeing what other members have found & shared from their part of the world, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have liked and commented, plus a HUGE thank you to those of you that have provided me with idents. I'm still pretty useless, I mean, I thought this was a caterpillar!! THANK YOU Project Noah!

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VivBraznell 5 years ago

Thank you Albert, Joshua & Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Amazing creature. Congrats on 3K Viv.

JoshuaGSmith 5 years ago

Excellent! Cool stuff comes out of the tropics! Congrats on 3000; what a milestone.

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Congrats on your 3,000th spotting!

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จังหวัดนครศรีธรรมราช, Thailand

Spotted on Feb 22, 2015
Submitted on Feb 22, 2015

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