High-res Golden tortoise beetle [Charidotella sexpunctata] by Chime Tsetan
They can change color, looking initially like tiny jewels, or golden ladybugs, but can alter the reflectivity of the cuticle so the outer layers become clear, revealing a ladybug type of red coloring with black spots. This color change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell. 

Golden tortoise beetle [Charidotella sexpunctata] by Chime Tsetan

They can change color, looking initially like tiny jewels, or golden ladybugs, but can alter the reflectivity of the cuticle so the outer layers become clear, revealing a ladybug type of red coloring with black spots. This color change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell. 


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    the magnificent golden tortoise beetle. i love nature
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    This is so fucking awesome. Coolest beetle ever.
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    So. frikkin. cool! (i need this as a pet. - nerd)
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