It is interesting how an insect so cute and beautiful can cause so much destruction. There are so many holes in my sweet potato leaves now, they look like batik. Pretty. But no. Not the point of planting sweet potato leaves, which really would be more beautiful fried with belacan.
I know it looks like the beetle has gunk over it, but no. That is the shape of the beetle itself. At first, I thought it had some liquid around it too, until the insect started moving and the whole gold and transparent shell moved with it. Lovely, very lovely. But not for my garden.