Glowing UFO Bug
June 9, 2010
Really need some help to identify this flying bug that i found when visiting a mushroom farm in Hong Kong. It’s wrapped around in a jelly like cushion, 5cm in diameter, emitting a phosphoresceent glow even in broad day light.
New Territories, Hong Kong
Hi there Wildboy,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but beyond that, we cannot tell you much of the exact species. The jelly like cushion is actually part of the elytra or hardened wings of the beetle that cover and protect the membranous flying wings. Many beetles that have this type of metallic coloration quickly fade when they die.