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PLEASE ASSIST IN IDENTIFYING UNIQUE Jungle bug - beetle?

Observed: 3rd March 2012 By: blue hole
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Description:

This "bug" was observed in the Tropical forests outside of Kuala Lumpur. It landed on me while on a jungle hike. It was observed to have a clearly transparent and almost gelatinous "shell" that covered the top of it's body. The photos wee taken from directly above it. It was slow moving or non-moving while we observed it but came from the air by either dropping or flying. The colors in the photos are accurate and it had an iridescent copper and green body that could be seen through its transparent shell.
I am very curious to get any information to assist in identifying

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Tortoiseshell Beetle (Aspidomorpha)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • Tortoise Beetle (Cassida juglans versicolor)
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

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Comments

Nick Upton's picture

Tortoise beetle

It's definitely a tortoise beetle of the family Cassidinae and I agree it looks right for an Aspidomorpha species, but it would take an expert / the right keys to be absolutely sure of the speceis. There are many, but most are specific to certain host plants, so if you know that you might find a reference to which cassidine feeds on it.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.

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ID Comment

Hi creaturesnapper, I think you are close but I've looked at some images of your ID name and I don't think it's quite there. There are just so many similar species from what I can see.