Friday, September 28, 2007
Bug Of The Month
Aaaaaaah one of my favorite beetles in the tribe Cassidini ( Tortoise Beetles ) and IMO are soooooo cute! I'm going to do more on these in the following days. They're adorable! The one shown here is the Mottled Tortoise Beetle ( Deloyala guttata ).
And now the info from Bugguide:
Size: About 5 mm.
Adult: Broadly oval shaped. The margins of the pronotum and eytra clear or golden. The elytra usually mottled black and yellow but variable. Some specimens being completely orangish-yellow.
Larva: Dull green, blush along the back covered with broad branching masses of *excrement.
* They do this to hide from potential predators. It makes them look like nothing of interest to any would be predators and who would want to eat something that doesn't look like anything you'd see everyday?
All the rest can be found on Bugguide including this photo and tons of other ones.
Disclaimer: I didn't take this photo and I'm in no way associated with it or the person who took it.