|Green Tortoise Beetle|
So what did I find out about them?
|I tried to get a bugs eye view, it sort of worked|
- These little creatures are up to 8mm long so are one of the smallest beetles I've covered.
- The light in my pictures is a bit funny under the microscope but they are a lovely lime green colour which is great for camouflaging themselves on plants.
- They feed on White Dead Nettle, Hedge Woundwort and Water Mint, so my research told me, but this one came off a thistle so they must like those too!
- Now you might ask why a lime green beetle is named after a brown tortoise? It's not because they look alike it's because they behave in a similar way.
- If this beetle is disturbed is acts just like a tortoise. it pulls in it's antennae and feet and pulls it's shell down and grips onto the plant to protect itself.
|The shells have lots of pits in|
- These creatures are found mainly in the south and get more scarce north of the Humber. There are very few sightings recorded in Ireland.
- The main season for these Beetles is June to August but they can be found from April to September.
- Their preferred habitats are open areas, like farmland, grass land and heathland but they also like wooded areas.
- Their lifecycle is four stages, egg, larvae, pupa, adult. I found a great youtube video on this which you can see below
- Tortoise beetles as a group are quite easy to identify but a lot of the species are quite similar and hard to tell apart,
It was hard to find out much more on these lovely creatures but try these links:
A big thank you to Roger and his wife Rosie for taking me on such a great walk.
Hope you enjoyed,