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Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata

Golden Tortoise Beetle - Charidotella sexpunctata
Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
August 5, 2004
If you look closely I think you can see a person's reflection. I'm not sure why my Peterson Field Guide lists the Golden Tortoise as the Metriona bicolor?

Golden Tortoise Beetle
This beetle is beautiful but it is doing major damage to my morning glory leaves. Any way to discourage it but not kill it??

I do see the reflection. I love tortoise beetles but I don't find them all that often.

Golden Tortoise Beetle
I was looking at my Cardinal Climber vine this morning and something gold caught my eye. Thinking it a piece of candy wrapper (kids), I went to brush it off and discovered not one but four of these! Both pair were mating. They are beautiful but destructive!

They are a beautiful. I think they are well worth the damage. :)

Morning Glory
I'd never seen one before I grew my first morning glory vine. Then they were only around for a few days and gone again. I had the most interesting chat online with a man about how they pump the fluid between their shells to make the golden coloring (my wording)....for the life of me I can't find it or I would post it here.

Found something
You can read how they make themselves golden here

Metriona is the "old" name.
There are so many rules for nomenclature that I can't keep up. Every time somebody does a revision of a genus, everything is up for grabs:-)

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