Tortoise beetle, Cassida viridis, on a mint leaf

Tortoise beetle, Cassida viridis, on a mint leaf

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tortoise beetle. Macrophotograph of a tortoise beetle Cassida viridis on a mint leaf. So-called for their hard shell-like covering, tortoise beetles (subfamily: Cassidinae) may change colour for camouflage in their surroundings. Here, the green of the beetle matches the green leaf. They may also produce highly disguised coatings for their eggs, making them look like natural irregularities on a plant stalk. Some tortoise beetles also sit on their eggs, in this way camouflaging and watching over them.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, camouflage, cassida viridis, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf with beetle, mint, nature, tortoise, tortoise beetle, type, wildlife, zoology

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