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The very rare "Golden Tortoise Beetle" can change its colour and even its reflectivity, they can change colour looking initially like tiny jewels or golden.
The tiny insects are able to change colour from gold to a red with black spots rather like a ladybird, they can also alter the reflectivity of the outer cuticle so that it becomes clear.
This colour change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell.
It is some times known as the "Harry Potter Beetle" because when it flies it looks like a "Quidditch"
This was a very rare find for me and I can say one of the best I have ever photographed.
It was shot on some bushes when walking along a walkway next to a beach in Hong Kong.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Aug 2014 - 4:18 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+1/2
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Golden Tortoise Beetle
Username:Ray12 Ray12
Uploaded:25 Aug 2014 - 11:14 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Golden Beetle / rare / hong kong / harry potter / ladybird /
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Voters:Tish1 · NDODS · DicksPics · KarenFB · CarolG · CaroleS · RobertTurley · Fefe · ukgubbi · alligatorpants · capto · ChristineD · jovanovic · prabhusinha · alcontu · rayme330 · RobMacormac · UrbaneMagick · Badgerfred ·
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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44245 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2014 - 11:57 AM

Four quite superb and somewhat beautiful captures.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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DicksPics
DicksPics Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2014 - 12:11 PM

What a beautiful little insect, Ray - I do like the 'Quidditch' shot in V3!

Richard

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2014 - 2:57 PM

What an interesting little critter, Ray, and excellent captures of it. Carol

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Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2014 - 7:29 PM

Interesting!
Diane

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capto Plus Member 32612 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2014 - 9:52 PM

A fascinating find and great info.Smile

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UrbaneMagick Plus Member 3154 forum postsUrbaneMagick vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2014 - 10:26 PM

That's a very interesting and informative write up on a stunning work of nature, thank you for sharing.

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