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Australian Tortoise Beetle

Trachymela sloanei

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

The larvae can be seen at my other spotting : http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/143...

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2 Comments

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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