Culture Art & Media Photo: Watch the World's Cutest Beetle Walk Around on a Leaf By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Andreas Kay / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day comes with a bonus video of a tiny shiny creature. We feature images by photographer Andreas Kay on a pretty regular basis. His work documenting the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest is nothing short of stellar. But now we also have some video, which adds a whole new dimension. As you will notice in the video below, not only is it incredible to see how these creatures move about, but to hear the sounds of the jungle is just amazing. As to the star of this particular show, Kay writes: This cute and colorful little beetle was filmed in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. It is about 6 mm in length and belongs to the genus Chlamisus or Fulcidax in the leaf beetle family Chrysomelidae, Cryptocephalinae. These warty beetles are supposed to mimic caterpillar droppings, which gives them an advantage in the struggle for survival by protecting them from being eaten by birds, but which caterpillar leaves shiny fuchsia and purple droppings? See the cutie in action: Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group.