Saturday, June 11, 2005
These iridescent beetles are of the size and have the shape of the more common ladybug, but seem to be translucent. The picture was taken in a beautiful garden in Virginia Beach. Even with a major in Zoology and much experience with insect collection, I have never seen one like this. I have been searching online for the scientific name but as yet have not been successful. Does anyone know this lovely and colorful species?
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Addendum (6/13/05): I believe these are Charidotella sexpunctata or Golden Tortoise Beetles. They are found in the Eastern US, particularly in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. They feed on the leaves of the Morning Glory.