Monday, November 14, 2011

Ladybird or Tortoise Beetle?



I came across this ladybird-like insect on the underside of the Ixora leaf (first photo in the collage). It looked like a ladybird but a closer inspection revealed that it was a tortoise beetle. I've photographed quite a few tortoise beetles but never like this one. To see the kinds of patterns on them you might like to visit this site. 
http://richardpeters.typepad.com/blog/2011/05/tortoise-beetles.html



Commonly seen ladybirds that I photographed a few months ago. To see more details of tortoise beetles check out my post here.

6 comments:

One said...

This is so amazing! It looks like a lady bird but with a transparent shell. I've captured one that is shining green. I've checked the link. Wow! What varieties there are!!!

As for the last 2 photos, they resemble the sort of beetle that eats leaves. The ladybirds are usually smaller and shiny. What do you think?

Sylvia K said...

Have to admit that I know very little about bugs, but it is a very interesting looking one and your captures are fantastic as always! And I learned something new! That is always good! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Cyren said...

The tortoise beetle is so amazing isn't it? I love how the elytra is transparent!!! So cute!!!

Anita Kumar said...

Those are fabulous shots of the insects.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

now isn't that one amazing; love lady-beetles; love your blog photographs!

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