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Golden Tortoise Beetle

An iridescent ball appeared on the kitchen wall:

Golden Tortoise Beetle - left top - light

Golden Tortoise Beetle – left top – light

Despite the silvery shine under LED lighting, it was a Golden Tortoise Beetle:

Golden Tortoise Beetle - right top

Golden Tortoise Beetle – right top

The iridescence shows up better with a bit of underexposure:

Golden Tortoise Beetle - left top - dark

Golden Tortoise Beetle – left top – dark

Transparent armor: who’d’a thunk it?

Golden Tortoise Beetle - left front

Golden Tortoise Beetle – left front

Mary spotted one in the garden some years ago; I’ve never seen such a thing.

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  1. #1 by Olli on 2017-06-04 - 10:03

    We’ve got these…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianta_arbustorum

    …but fortunately a couple of hedgehogs too.

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-06-06 - 05:46

      Not something I want to find on the kitchen wall!

      Mary does battle with slugs in the garden, to the extent of applying Sluggo (iron phosphate) around seedlings; after the plants take off, they’re on their own.

  2. #3 by madbodger on 2017-06-04 - 10:33

    I’d seen some distinctive golden beetles on morning glory vines. They turned out to be Aspidomorpha tecta (fool’s gold beetle). Their coloring is also not a pigment but an optical effect relying on interference and dichroics, in this case, a structure known as a “chirped stack”.

    • #4 by Ed on 2017-06-06 - 05:43

      Mary found a similar critter with a vivid gold iridescence on a squash plant, so maybe that’s what we have, too.

      Given that I’ve never seen any before, they must be having an irruption.

  3. #5 by Keith Ward on 2017-06-04 - 11:56

    They are pretty cool, we found some in the last few summers. I usually find a pseudoscorpions at least once a year too; they just happen to be in our kitchen as well. They are very very tiny. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscorpion

    • #6 by Ed on 2017-06-06 - 05:48

      “… often observed in rooms with dusty books.” Yes, that would be us: eeeeeek!

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