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Beetles - The Thistle Tortoise Beetle

First seen on Thursday 15th July 2021 at Wallington

The Thistle Tortoise Beetle tends to found found near creeping thistles, and looks a it like a tortoise, so quite an apt name. They tend to sit flush up against foliage, so the legs aren't visible. Its latin name is (Cassida Rubiginosa) - Rubiginosa supposedly refers to the fact that they can produce red liquid from their head, presumably some form of defence mechanism?