aw, crap…

described as “the ultimate in recycling” by Thomas Eisner, fecal shields are probably the most unique method of insect self defense – used by beetles family Chrysomelidae, commonly known as leaf beetles.

I found this larva with a particularly ornate example feeding on some type of morning glory back in August 




For more information and examples see here, and here

  1. Thanks Ted – your “new” blog looks great!

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