Nature with its countless bounties keeps sharing its surprises with us from time to time. Thanks to the internet, such wonders reach us much faster and one such latest instance of the same is doing rounds on social media circuits and it is absolutely mesmerising.
A video shared by the Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sushanta Nanda on Twitter shows golden tortoise beetles crawling on a man’s hands. The Golden Tortoise Beetles, also known as Charidotella sexpunctata, are a beetle species in the leaf beetle family Chrysomelidae.
In the 17-second video clip, the tiny golden hued insects can be seen sitting and then fluttering away. “Sometimes, all that glitters is gold,” Nanda said in the caption of his post. He also gave video credits to Thokchom Sony.
Watch the video here:
Sometimes, all that glitters is gold.
The Golden Tortoise Beetle found in the Southeastern Asia.
🎥: Thokchom Sony pic.twitter.com/nGb1gh7sQ0
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) March 8, 2021
The captivating video shared by the IFS officer has gone viral and became popular on the microblogging site as soon as it went online. Nanda’s short video clip has raked in over 12,000 views with 232 retweets and 1,420 likes so far. Amazed by the video, netizens flocked the comments section to express their thoughts.
One user said, “Like small tortoise baby, amazing.”
Like small tortoise baby, that's amazing 😂😂😳👌
— CK.Mahalik (@ck_mahalik) March 8, 2021
A user said, “It’s amazing,”while another simply termed it as ‘extraordinary’ in the comments section. Many users used similar adjectives.
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Some even shared instances from their hometowns where they saw similar critters around.
Saw something similar in my home garden in Bangalore. Not completely gold but had some green (jade color) and gold , beautiful 🙏
— Supratika (@livekraft) March 8, 2021
I found the same in my hometown at Satna Madhya pradesh pic.twitter.com/2jtNI68g8c
— Anil Payasi (@payasi_anil) March 11, 2021
Few others were reminded of Harry Potter movies, as one Potter head said the video looks like a ‘scene out of the movie.’
seems like its a scene out of Harry Potter 😍😍😍
— Poornima 🐾 (@poornimathreya) March 8, 2021
While another Potter buff said the golden beetles reminded of the ‘golden snitch’. One Potter fan reacted and wrote, “Mini golden snitch from Harry Potter.”
Mini golden snitch from Harry Potter
— Amogh Bijur (@amogh4) March 11, 2021
Golden tortoise beetles differ in colour which vary from reddish-brown with black spots to mirror-like golden hues. They mostly consume plant foliage such as bindweeds, morning glory and sweet potato, among others. However, they play dead when disturbed.