Subject: Dear Bugman
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
April 29, 2013 4:38 am
I found this beetle (I think it’s a beetle) in an sweet berry tree. It was close to a centimeter and a half in length, mostly bluish-green but pinkish-purple towards the underside of its abdomen. I know its not a June beetle because I have photographed those before. Could you identify this one for me?
This is a Lychee Shield Bug or Jewel Bug, Chrysocoris stolli. There are matching photos on TrekNature and Project Noah. These are True Bugs, not Beetles. Are Sweet Berries the same as Lychees?
Hey there Daniel,
Thank you so much for the ID. I hadn’t known the name of the sweet berries earlier but now I do. They’re called Jamaican cherries. Lychees are different, they have a spikey red brown shell, and white semi-transparent flesh within. Quite delicious!