The Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida viridis) is an insect in the Chrysomelidae family of leaf beetles.
The Green Tortoise Beetle has a flat, oval-shaped body. Its thorax (chest) and elytra (wing cases) are green. It has short legs and short, brown antennae. Its underbelly is black.
It grows to 1 centimetre (less than half an inch) in length.
It is found in most of Europe, the Near East, and in North Africa. It prefers low vegetation in open areas, such as meadows. It likes mint plants. It is seen from April to October.
The Green Tortoise Beetle does not travel far from the same plant.
The female lays eggs which hatch into larvae. The larvae are very spiny.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM