Subject: Glitter Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug: Miami Florida
Time: 10:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello, I found this beetle on a carambola(Star fruit) in my back lawn. It was almost transparent with glitters of green.
How you want your letter signed: Tammy F
This is a Tortoise Beetle, a member of the tribe Cassidini of the Leaf Beetle family. We are confident it is the Geiger Tortoise Beetle, Physonota calochroma floridensis, which is pictured on BugGuide, and is a subspecies confined to “Florida: from Palm Beach to Key West”. According to BugGuide: “live adults are brilliant lime green with a black spot in the middle of the pronotum; dead museum specimens are dull yellow to cream-colored – very different from live animals” and “feeds on the Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena).”