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The Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) by Douglas Clark, weeklysciencequiz: This tiny North American beetle (5 - 7mm) feeds on morning glory leaves. Its brilliant gold color is an optical illusion - the outer cuticle is transparent and reflects light through a layer of liquid overlying the next layer of cuticle. The beetles change color depending on the availability of the liquid layer which they control through microscopic valves under their shell... #Golden_Tortoise_Beetle