There were quite a few of these reddish tortoise beetles feeding on this banana plant.
They feed on the large leaves, scarring them in a distinctive way.
Here you can see one munching its way forward, carefully feeding only between the leaf veins.
Did you notice the little hitchhiker above? Looks like some sort of parasitic wasp to me. I suspect this is probably a female beetle, and the wasp is just hanging out until she lays eggs, which the wasp will then parasitize. Here’s a closer look.
They’d often fly away from me once I started taking pictures, but it was no trouble to find another one.
I like their furry little feet.
Update: Marshall’s 500 Insects has a photo of a similar looking tortoise beetle, identified as a Spaethiella species.
Subjects: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Relatives, Beetles, Insects, Leaf Beetles, and Wasps.
Places: Cahuita to Manzanillo, Costa Rica, Limon Province, and North America.
Behaviors: Feeding and Parasitism.
Life Stages: Adult.
Taxa: Class Insecta, Family Chrysomelidae, Order Coleoptera, and Order Hymenoptera.
Colors: Orange and Red.