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Golden Tortoise Beetle Larva

Charidotella sexpunctata


The larvae of the Golden Tortoise Beetle have broad, flattened bodies that are adorned with branched spines. They carry their cast skins and fecal material on their back - attached to spines arising from the posterior end of their body, a structure called an "anal fork." The anal fork is used to hold the debris over the back of the body, forming a fecal shield that deters predation. This larva had so much jiggly goo on it's back, that I imagine it will be successful in dissuading anything that might initially want to eat it.


On a morning glory plant in a rural yard.

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Rhode Island, USA

Lat: 41.69, Long: -71.66

Spotted on Sep 17, 2017
Submitted on Sep 18, 2017

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