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Golden Tortoise Shell Beetle

Charidotella sexpunctata

Description:

An orange Tortoise Shell Beetle with a gold iridescence and dark green spots. About 5 mm long. Family Chrysomelidae.

Habitat:

Heavy shrubbery along the highway between San Cristobal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierrez, km 11.5, 865 meters.

Notes:

As can be seen on the page for this species in Bug Guide, there is a great deal of variation from solid gold to a spotted gold-orange version like this one and even plain brown (See reference).

1 Species ID Suggestions

Golden Tortoise Beetle (disturbed state)
Charidotella sexpuncata Species Charidotella sexpunctata - Golden Tortoise Beetle - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

valgaavmiko
valgaavmiko 6 years ago

No problem! They're pretty neat little beetles.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you valgaavmiko. I was really surprised at the color variation in this species!

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 20, 2013
Submitted on Nov 2, 2013

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