Meet The Golden Tortoise Beetle – Treasure With Legs (Video + 5 Pics)
Have you ever seen these little specs of gold with legs? These tiny treasures are called golden tortoise beetles (Charidotella sexpunctata). They look very similar to ladybird beetles and can be found feasting on all types of plants, all over the world. They get their funny name from their peculiar structure, specifically their hardened wing covers which protect its flying wings.
Golden tortoise beetles look similar to lady bird beetles (the Coccinellidae family), but actually belong to the Chrysomelidae, or leaf beetles: a huge family whose 37,000 members can be found munching on plants all over the world.