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The Golden Tortoise Beetle

By Ray12  
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.

Tags: Close-up and macro Golden Beetle and rare and hong kong and harry potter and ladybird and

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2014 11:57AM
Four quite superb and somewhat beautiful captures.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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25 Aug 2014 12:11PM
What a beautiful little insect, Ray - I do like the 'Quidditch' shot in V3!

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Aug 2014 2:57PM
What an interesting little critter, Ray, and excellent captures of it. Carol
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25 Aug 2014 7:29PM
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6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2014 9:52PM
A fascinating find and great info.Smile

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2014 10:26PM
That's a very interesting and informative write up on a stunning work of nature, thank you for sharing.

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