Ever seen a tortoise the size of a fly? How about a golden one that can actually fly? Well, today’s your lucky day, as you get to discover one of nature’s shiny treasures – the golden tortoise beetle.

Before you open a fresh tab to search if these adorable critters are real or just the result of digital editing, make sure you use the species scientific name, aspidimorpha sanctaecrucis, as “golden tortoise beetle” is a really common name shared by a number of beetles, like charidotella sexpunctata, among others. What makes this species of beetle special is that the gold pattern on their transparent protective carapace actually makes them look like tiny tortoises.

I might have never known that such a stunning insect existed, if not for one Susanta Nanda, of the Indian Forest Services, who recently tweeted a short clip featuring a bunch of golden tortoise beetles crawling on a person’s hand. It racked up tens of thousands of views on Twitter alone, which leads me to believe that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about these cute buggers.

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