Subject: Whats this bug?
Location: Thane, Maharashtra, India.
August 11, 2012 3:26 am
We found this little guy in the middle of a busy area in the city. He was obviously not feeling so well. We brought him back with us to a more wooded area where we stay. He’s unable to fly although he does walk around and flutter his wings from time to time. he’s been with us 3 days now and lives on a napkin inside a glass bottle. We tried to put him on to a tree but it looks like he does not want to leave. Can you please tell us What is he?
He is metallic green on the outside and has an orange stomach.
Johann Jacob. Age 11.
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae. Metallic green is a relatively common color for this gorgeous family of beetles. Alas, though we could not come up with a species match, we found several that are close. We thought it might be Chrysochroa rajah until we discovered this photo on Science Photo Library that shows the body beneath the wings and they are green, unlike the orange color of your specimen. We also found a close match with orange legs. There are many beautiful examples of Jewel Beetles on the Buprestidae of Indo-Malaysia, Indochina and Philippines, however, no matches to your individual. The closest match that we could find is Sternocera aequisignata pictured here on FlickR, though your individual does not have the pale orange shoulder patches where the elytra connect to the thorax as in this God of Insects image and virtually all other images of that species found online. For now, the best we can do is a family identification. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist with this gorgeous beetle that was documented with your excellent photographs.