They look almost manufactured. Many tortoise beetles have transparent cuticles, the tough but flexible outer covering which gives the insect family its name protects the delicate creature within. The living tissue is often metallic in color and can in some species even change color. The combination is as diverse as it is extraordinary – many look like tiny robots assembled to infiltrate, the ultimate bug. Take a look in at the amazing variations of tortoise beetle our world holds.
Perhaps the most familiar species to our sharp eyed American reader is the Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) which are common on the North American continent. Their favorite food by far is the Morning Glory, the flower which unravels in to bloom in the morning and curls up in the evening. So next time you see these flowers, take a look – although this particular bug is something of a master of disguise.