Subject:  Metallic Green w/ black pattern
Geographic location of the bug:  Taveuni, Fiji
Date: 03/27/2020
Time: 05:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a jewel beetle? It had landed on this floating seed pod and had not quite tucked his wing away. My underwater camera was already set up for macro so I wiped the lens and shot topside.
Roughly about 2 cm. Segmented antennae. Hard shell. Small thorax.
How you want your letter signed:  Richard

Jewel Bug

Dear Richard,
This is not a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  It is not a beetle at all.  This is a Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae, and because of their often bright, metallic colors, they are sometimes commonly called Jewel Bugs.  So this is a Jewel Bug, not a Jewel Beetle.  We have not had much luck identifying the species, but we did locate a matching image on The Organic Bunny blog, but you have to scroll down to see the unidentified image.

Thank you so much! You are the best!
Richard Todd

Location: Taveuni, Fiji

2 Responses to Jewel Bug from Fiji

  1. BirdExplorers says:

    Hi everyone, this is the nymph phase of the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug
    Tectocoris diophthalmus. We found one at Natadola Bay on Viti Levu. It perplexed us at first too, but we worked it out on iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73345524.

  2. BirdExplorers says:

    Hi everyone, this is the nymph phase of the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug
    Tectocoris diophthalmus. We found one at Natadola Bay on Viti Levu. It perplexed us at first too, but we worked it out on iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73345524.

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