Friday, January 2, 2009

Golden Tortoise Beetle

This Coleopteran is named the golden tortoise beetle because of the resemblance the "shelf" that skirts the outside of the wings and thorax bares to a tortoise. These critters are able to alter their vibrant color within a short time period, turning from brilliant gold to a dull, spotty reddish color. When disturbed, they become orange with black spots. Pretty ferocious.

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