Beetle-like bug

This beautiful insect looks like a beetle, but it is in fact a bug – a true bug as entomologists call hemipterans. It is a member of the family Scutelleridae and is commonly called a jewel bug or a metallic shield bug. The Lychee Shield Bug or Green Jewel Bug, Chrysocoris stolli, is widely distributed throughout south Asia and South East…

Tiny bees visiting water lillies

I noticed some tiny bees hovering around and landing on these water lilies in the garden of my hotel in Thailand. They might be pollinators or just harvesting pollen as one has a pair of small pollen baskets on its hind legs. Water lillies attract an array of pollinators including larger bees (1).   I…