Ever wondered what it’d be like to see a Halloween candy come to life? Something so shiny, you’d need blinders to protect your eyes! Check out the golden tortoise beetle, scientifically known as aspidimorpha sanctaecrucis. It’s a creature with a shell that resembles a turtle and has a striking golden pattern on its protective carapace.
The golden tortoise beetle looks as though a tiny jewel was brought to life.
Its golden glory is a defense mechanism for the bug, which is why it covers its body for protection against predators. Even its wings are shielded underneath the hard golden shell. One would typically find them on the back of a plant so as to stay concealed.
The golden tortoise beetle can be popularly found in Southeastern Asia. Other places you might be lucky enough to spot the beetle are in China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. What a marvellous little creature!