Facts Related to Golden Tortoise Beetle DelmanExpert Pest Control Service

 Golden Tortoise Beetle

The golden tortoise beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) is a species of beetle in the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae. It is native to the Americas. Insects commonly known as “goldbugs” sometimes attract the attention of gardeners when they feed on plants in the family Convolvulaceae. Although these insects are occasionally abundant enough to cause serious levels of defoliation, they are mostly a curiosity. Oval, convex, yellow or golden color with transparent edges, Elytra have 12 black spot or no spots. Capturing the tortoise beetle causing it to change colors. The color is produced by an optical illusion; the outer cuticle is transparent and reflects light through a layer of liquid over the next layer of cuticle. The beetles change color depending on the availability of the liquid layer. In the fall and winter, the beetles become less lustrous and are more orange and bronze with flashes of iridescent color. If we try and collect the beetle for an insect collection, the beetle soon turns dark brown as is dries, loosing the golden color. The beetle pulls in its antennae when threatened, just like a turtle pulls in its head.

 

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