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A Tiny Gem of the Amazon – The Imperial Tortoise Beetle is a species of beetle that belongs to the family of leaf beetles. It is native to the Amazon & Atlantic rainforest and is known for its mesmerizing bright and colorful metallic appearance, like a beautiful piece of lost jewelry, forged from the treasure of an ancient kingdom.

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The beetle’s elytra, or hardened forewings, are a bright blue color and dotted with gold spots. The beetle’s name comes from its mottled color pattern, which resembles that of a tortoise.

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The adult beetle measures between 5 and 12 mm (less than 0.5 inch) in length. The larvae are spiny and after maturing, they begin to pupate. Females lay eggs close to the host plants.

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The Imperial Tortoise Beetle feeds on sweet potatoes and can cause damage to garden plants, although the extent of the harm they can cause remains unknown.

The Imperial Tortoise Beetle (Stolas imperialis) was first named by German botanist Franz Späth in 1898.

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