Subject: Can you help me?
Location: Pennsylvania , USA
May 11, 2013 2:30 pm
I found this bug on my door outside and I never seen a gold bug before. Can you tell me what type it is?
Signature: Tom R.
This beautiful insect that looks like a drop of gold paint is a Golden Tortoise Beetle, Charidotella sexpunctata, and it feeds on the leaves of morning glories and other plants in the family Convolvulaceae. Golden Tortoise Beetles are capable of changing colors, and much to the dismay of insect collectors, they lose their lovely golden color after death. See Bugguide for additional information on the Golden Tortoise Beetle.