Strange Beatle

My granddaughter caught a strange beetle on my sliding glass door. I live in zone 8, Oregon. I posted a picture of it on alt.binaries.pictures.gardens . Can anyone id it for us? It looks like something from a science fiction movie. It has iridescent markings on a saucer like shell, which is almost transparent around the edges. Many thanks Anna
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I haven't seen the pic, but it sounds like Morning glory leaf beetle.
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:) My granddaughter caught a strange beetle on my sliding glass door. I live :) in zone 8, Oregon. I posted a picture of it on :) alt.binaries.pictures.gardens . :) Can anyone id it for us? It looks like something from a science fiction :) movie. It has iridescent markings on a saucer like shell, which is almost :) transparent around the edges. :) Many thanks :) Anna :)
Here is a link to a "Fools gold beetle" http://www.museums.org.za/bio/insects/beetles/chrysomelidae/aspidomorpha_tecta.htm close but not exactly, but you probably can hunt it down on the web.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Thanks for the responses. Ours has a clear circle around the edge then the jacket looking thing is black with iridescent green/yellow markings. Very strange. I have looked at several pictures on the web of similar beetles, but none have the same coloring. Anna
| My granddaughter caught a strange beetle on my sliding glass door. I live | in zone 8, Oregon. I posted a picture of it on | alt.binaries.pictures.gardens . | Can anyone id it for us? It looks like something from a science fiction | movie. It has iridescent markings on a saucer like shell, which is almost | transparent around the edges. | Many thanks | Anna | |
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Anna said:

It is a type of tortoise beetle (family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Cassidinae). Exactly which species is hard to determine.
If you haven't tried posting to sci.bio.entomology.misc, you should...
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Stu Sutcliffe, Pete Best? Ringo acted up at times, so did the rest of the Liverpudlian Fab Four.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Sounds like one of the tortoise beetles.
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