Coleoptera: Beetles - Alex Wild Photography
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Plagiometriona c.f. clavata larva with fecal shield

Plagiometriona c.f. clavata larva with fecal shield

Larvae of many leaf beetles wear a shield of their own excretia as a defensive strategy. La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

(Thanks to Carlos de la Rosa for rearing the larva out for an identification)

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