Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stained Glass Bugs

I had been working hard delivering pamphlets on my motorbike all morning and I was tired and hot. I stopped by the seaside for a break. The sky was briliant blue, the sea sparkled and there were flowers still on the poinciana trees, but the brightest thing of all was the tiniest.

The first one I saw was electric blue and if it is not called the“Stained Glass Bug” then it should be. It crawled along the trunk of a tree near me. I took lots of photos and then I sat on a bench by the sea to eat my lunch.
I caught a flash of colour from the corner of my eye and found that it had followed me. Even more surprising was that two others had joined us, one orange and one yellow.

Insects love me and I am often covered in enough mossie bites to look like a well pinned voodoo doll. This time I was covered in enough extra strength insect repellant to discourage a full sized rhino, but somehow the bugs found me anyway.

Every day I find new things to amaze. If you know what they are called, please share. It is the first time I have seen these, and I hope not the last.


JourneyJottings said...

The only bug I know that's iridescent like these are Christmas Beetles, but I'm not sure that yours look big enough for them?
Also Christmas Beetles usually only appear around... Christmas time!!
So... really... I don't know LOL :)

Nikki said...

Christmas Bugs? What a geat name. I looked it up on Google and they don't look quite right but there was a photo of a Harlequin Bug. Maybe that is it. Thanks for the idea.

Nikki said...

I think I found it. Here is some information I found interesting. The Cotton Harlequin Bug is a member of the Jewel Bug family named for their bright metallic colouration.
The males and females of the Cotton Harlequin Bug are different colours, with the females mostly orange and the males mostly blue-red.
The Cotton Harlequin Bug feeds on many species belonging to the hibiscus plant family (Malvaceae), including ornamental hibiscus species and cotton. It feeds mostly on young shoots, piercing the stems and sucking the sugar-rich juices intended for shoot growth
Cotton Harlequin Bugs are sometimes a minor pest of cotton and have been known to cause the introduction of a fungus, which rots the cotton boll. In gardens, they cause flower buds to drop prematurely.
Watch out for your hibiscus flowers everyone.