We usually go for a walk after lunch – me and my friends at work. While we were on a walk, we saw a metallic green bug lying on the ground. My friend noticed it and brought it to our notice. Its body looked very much metallic and it was dead, thankfully. Our first impression was that it was a spy robot or something, sent by a rival company to spy on ours 😛 I know it sounds too sci-fish but I was convinced that it was a robot and so were my friends. The problem was we had never seen an insect like that before in our life and everyone being a geek, this was the obvious assumption to make. Then we brought it inside the office premises (so that it can spy properly? No) to investigate further. Another friend did some research on it and finally found details of a bug which looked similar to this one – called Green June Beetle.
Read more about green june beetle here : http://entoplp.okstate.edu/ddd/insects/greenjunebeetle.htm
But this one looked little different from it, its legs were metallic too. When we tried pricking it with push pins, body was pretty hard, as if it was made of a real metal. One of my friends assumed that it was an alien. He was even planning to call National Geographic and report an alien organism found on Earth 😛 So much for imagination!
Finally we decided to dissect its body just to figure out if it was indeed a real insect. Once we separated its wings, we realized that it was not a spy robot but a real bug. Probably it belonged to the green june beetle family, but was little different from it. It also looked like someone had chopped its legs and head or maybe ants or some other insects had eaten away all the soft tissues in its body. Only the shell was left.
Googling about green beetles and bugs did not get us to this insect. Later when I showed the pics of the insect to my mom, my parents instantly recognized it but did not know its name. Such is our situation.. living in a high-tech society does not give you opportunities to get close to the nature. Neither have I seen many birds in my life, nor have I seen many bugs in my life. And I also attribute it to the fact that I hated biology so much that I never studied zoology or botany in my life after high school.
Can anyone identify this insect? Can you name this bug/beetle for me?