Creation: Golden tortoise beetle

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These pics were taken in Karnataka, India.
Golden tortoise beetles (Charidotella sexpunctata) are common North American beetles that can be found on morning glory leaves, which are their preferred food. 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.
H/t Project Noah

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0 responses to “Creation: Golden tortoise beetle

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this exciting post! What an absolutely gorgeous beetle! Look at the designs upon him, how intricate and beautiful they are, and the translucent colors, gorgeous, – absolutely magnificent! God, the Creator of this beetle and all creation, thought of everything and made him so beautiful!

  2. Cool!

  3. Amazing!

  4. Gods creation even in its fallen condition still amazes us.

  5. I absolutely love these photos! Thanks so much for sharing. So much beauty in the world we just don’t know about.

  6. Its very common in Manipur, we used to play with this lovely creature. Place on your fingers…looks like a golden ring….Nostalgic….


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