Golden Tortoise Beetle
This garden curiosity can change color under stress.
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Turn over a morning glory leaf in summer and early fall, and you might see a tiny, golden, almost jewel-like beetle.
Gold bugs, as golden tortoise beetles are often called, feed on the undersides of morning glory and sweet potato leaves. Their larvae are also found there. Distinctively different in appearance from the adults, the larvae are covered in spines, over which is distributed fecal matter and castings from earlier moltings.
This member of the ground-beetle family is considered a beneficial insect in the garden.
Gardeners and plantsmen keep their eyes open for happy accidents of nature, and gardens are richer as a result.
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