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Australian Tortoise Beetle

Trachymela sloanei


I just love their little feet! They remind me of Pachyderms. This beetle is very round and was about 6 mm long. It has a brown and red, mottled pattern. The "toes" are white. This beetle turned around to look at me while I was taking photographs. It flew and landed on my lens so I had to remove it and put it back where it was. That is how it ended up on my finger.


Porch light in the backyard. "Introduced from Australia. First recorded in 1998 in California."


The larvae can be seen at my other spotting :

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Thank you Bernadette :)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 5 years ago

I agree - love those little feet! Great series.

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.03

Spotted on Apr 30, 2014
Submitted on Apr 30, 2014

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