Strange orange bug with shiny symmetrical green patches
December 28, 2009
I was standing outside the pharmacy building at the Sydney University, on an Australian Spring afternoon, when this orange bug/beetle landed on my arm. I’m not sure if the bug fell out of a tree (many Eucalyptus trees around) or flew and landed on me, but it didn’t seem to fly away when i flicked it off. It just fell onto the concrete and kind of crawled slowly away. It was slow enough for me to take a couple of good close up pictures of it, including a nice mug shot. To date, I still haven’t been able to identify it, so I was wondering if you could help me out a little. Thanks =)
Mr Tan Luu
Sydney University, NSW, Australia
Dear Mr. Luu,
This shimmery creature is a Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus. It is also called a Hibiscus Harlequin Bug and you can see photos of it on the Brisbane Insect Website.