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Lilioceris lilii - Larva showing Larva showing more of itself from under the poo-camouflage Camouflage,Chrysomelidae,Criocerinae,Larva,Lilioceris,Lilioceris lilii,Lily leaf beetle,Scarlet lily beetle Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Absolutely freaky! I love it! Posted one year ago
    1. I'll see if I can dig up some more from different species :o) Posted one year ago
  2. Ahhhh, I can't LOVE this enough! Awesome! Waste is a terrible thing to waste! Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
    1. And, that fecal shield is enormous. It must be so cumbersome! Posted one year ago
      1. Yes, it's quite impressive. At the time I did also find one huge shield that seemed to cover two larvae - probably "glued" together when coming too close to each other, but this was just the one larva.
        Ahw ... didn't notice just now, but I think this is the double one (I'll add a note to that effect):
        Lilioceris lilii - Semi detached larvae shelter The head of one of the larvae can just about be recognized under the greenish leaf snippet in the centre, to the right there must be a second larva with the two fecal covers stuck together near the centre line of the image  Camouflage,Chrysomelidae,Criocerinae,Larva,Lilioceris,Lilioceris lilii,Lily leaf beetle,Scarlet lily beetle

        Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
        1. Interesting! Posted one year ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Lily leaf beetle larvae (Lilioceris lilii) hide under a shield of their own making. They use a material that is always abundant: feces. "Feces" as in "poop". They deposit their feces on their backs using their long, dorsal, flexible anus. Gooey, gross, and revolting? Maybe. But, fecal shields provide fantastic camouflage, deter predators, prevent desiccation, and act as sunscreen for the larva. So, why use poop? Well, they will always have to poop, so they will never run out of building supplies to expand upon or repair their shields. Most predators will pass the larvae by - either repulsed by or unaware of the larva lurking underneath the juicy pile of poo. It's a beneficial strategy for a larva to employ considering they are slow moving, vulnerable insects that predators would love to gobble up. And after all, waste is a terrible thing to waste. {Spotted by JungleDragon moderator, Pudding4brains} #JungleDragon"
    Posted one year ago
    1. Yay! Definitely deserving of a spotlight! Posted one year ago
      1. Agreed! Posted one year ago
        1. Howdy and thanks for the info and all your enthusiasm. I don't do facebook so facebook doesn't allow me to see the post, but that's okay :o) Cheers, Arp Posted one year ago
          1. You're welcome Arp! We revel in the supposedly "gross" insects! And, don't worry about your anti-facebook inclinations...Everything that I wrote on FB is in the above comment (plus, the photo). So, you're not missing a thing ;). Posted one year ago
            1. All's well - I wasn't really worried so much ;o) Posted one year ago

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Lilioceris lilii, colloquially known as the Lily leaf beetle, Scarlet or Red lily beetle and under some other names, is a leaf beetle that eats the leaves, stem, buds and flower of lilies, fritillaries and other members of the family Liliaceae. They mainly lay their eggs on ''Lilium'' and ''Fritillaria'' species. Observed in absence of ''Lilium'' and ''Fritillaria'' species, the numbers of eggs laid were significantly less and the survival rate of eggs and larvae were lowered. It is now a pest in.. more

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