Beautiful W. African beetle
Location: Dakar, Senegal
August 11, 2011 4:11 pm
Greetings from Senegal. I found this beetle dead on my roof/patio today (August). Amazing coloring both top and bottom. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Wayne in Dakar
This is not a beetle. Its piercing/sucking mouth, revealed in the view of the underside, is an indication that this is a True Bug. It is a Lychee Shield Bug, Chrysocoris stolli, which you can verify on TrekNature and on India Nature Watch. Shield Bugs are sometimes called Jewel Bugs because of their beautiful coloration. We were not aware that Africa was part of the range of the Lychee Shield Bug.
Correction: Rainbow Shield Bug
November 13, 2011
Upon creating a new posting today, we have found information that correctly identifies this beauty as a Rainbow Shield Bug. Dudu Diaries calls this beauty the Rainbow Shield Bug, but does not provide a scientific name. It seems in 2009, we received a correction from someone who identified the Rainbow Shield Bug as Calidea dregii, citing a FlickR link. We have also located a pdf entitled 2010-01_Alert_Rainbow_Shield_Bug that identifies the Rainbow Shield Bug as Calidea dregii and provides some fascinating information on the species including: “The Rainbow Shield Bug suck the sap from developing seeds leading to seeds dropping prematurely or not developing fully. In cotton it leads to staining and therefore a lower price if the bolls do not drop prematurely. The low number of mature Jatropha seeds observed in Guinea-Bissau is likely caused by seed dropping due to damage from Rainbow Shield Bugs.” Your photo illustrates a winged adult as well as some immature nymphs. Now with our new research, we need to correct our archives.