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11 intriguing transparent animals

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 24, 2011, 11 a.m.
Tortoise shell beetle on a green leaf.

Photo: Charles Lam/flickr

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Tortoise shell beetle

This remarkable beetle is not completely transparent, but it does have a carapace that is nearly invisible. The purpose of the transparent outer shell is to fool potential predators, as it reveals markings on its back that act as a warning.

Tortoise beetles come in many different varieties, and the design under their clear shells can be distinct and beautiful.