Nature, Urban

Bugs and their bright flaunts

Bugs seem to live on their owns terms… predator or prey, their leisurely gait contrasts with that of other twitchy critters… maybe ‘tis because the way they perceive the environs around them requires instincts that are both ponderous and instantaneous … perch, crawl, mull over and then suddenly fly…

Lychee shield bug (Chrysocoris stollii)

Unlike flies and butterflies that consume nectar with a sense of exigency, bugs relish it like a sommelier… embodying the spirit of the journey being more important than the destination, there is a measure to their sedentariness… not to forget that a quite a few of them are unpalatable and don’t have to look over their shoulder time and again…

Bugs of India, Lychee shield bug

Ironically, I was hunched over the ground trying to locate some well camouflaged Orthoptera when a flash of green flew across and caught the eye… it hid in the tree for a while but then came out on the bushes offering a clear view…

Bugs of India, Lychee shield bug (Chrysocoris stollii)

The Lychee shield bug is a common occurrence in Southeast Asia, easily discernible by its bright metallic green or blue colour… the underparts are myriad hues of pink and yellow with black dots all around… closely related to stink bugs, it releases a foul odour to ward off potential predators… feeding off plant sap, it can be a pest at times, infesting cereal and medicinal plants…

Lychee shield bug (Chrysocoris stollii)

It hovered around the bushes a while, trying on and off to balance itself on blades of grass too heavy to hold its weight, crawling up the end of twigs just for fun… looked like it’d already fed and was just playing around till dusk when it’d be time to find a shelter… compared to the butterflies and the dragonflies that were hovering about incessantly in utmost urgency, it seemed aloof and nonchalant… a bug’s life, as they say…

Musing on a Lychee shield bug (Chrysocoris stollii), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Author: Parth Joshi

Allured by the outdoors, the author is made up in parts of that quintessential lost soul wreathing under the pangs of biophilia in a desk job, a wannabe elegist mostly ending up in dungeons of poetasters and an optimist waiting for the senility of the modern world to fade away while sampling shoots and leaves. In saner times, he has a keen interest in areas pertaining to tourism, history, agriculture and climate change, especially with respect to historical interpretations, emerging technologies and future livelihoods. An avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.

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