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Golden tortoise beetle

Charidotella sexpunctata

Description:

They can change color, looking initially like tiny jewels, or golden ladybugs, but can alter the reflectivity of the cuticle so the outer layers become clear, revealing a ladybug type of red coloring with black spots. This color change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell. Various populations of this beetle also have black markings obscuring the underlying colors to various degrees, and it is this variation in appearance that has led to the use of multiple names for this species.

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6 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Charidotella sexpunctata is an American species and not found in India.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

This is FANTASTIC!!!!

Ietermagog
Ietermagog 9 years ago

Wow! So exquisite

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

wow, great job. Incredible.

misako
misako 9 years ago

Great photo!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Beautiful!

Kerala, India

Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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