Anti-Caturday: The Golden Tortoise Beetle

Golden Tortoise Beetle by Seabrooke Leckie
Golden Tortoise Beetle by Seabrooke Leckie

It never ceases to amaze me just how odd and diverse this planet is. Meet the latest cause of that amazement: the golden tortoise beetle. It’s a beetle much like all other beetles but for its glittering color which we’ll get back to in just a moment. These beetles are most often found on the leaves of morning glory plants because that’s what they like to eat.

Now, about that color. The golden tortoise beetle comes in the glittering namesake of a color but apparently as a protective measure it can change its color by opening and closing moisture controlling valves beneath its carapace (as an aside I need to mention that I really love that word: carapace. It’s just such a gorgeous word).

Golden Tortoise Beetle by Kenneth Ng
Golden Tortoise Beetle by Kenneth Ng

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