Mystery Green & Gold Bug - Neotibicen superbus
Zion, Izard County, Arkansas, USA
July 25, 2012
Size: 1 3/4" long 1/2" wide
This isn't my first encounter with this kind of bug, but it's the first one I've had the opportunity to get pic's of.
It was early morning, just as the sun was showing when it caught the attention of my dog. The bug was laying on it's back making noise as it violently fluttered. I'm guessing this is a self defense move as it is startling to hear and see. It doesn't appear to be aggressive. But when touched or threatened it goes into the seizure like fluttering. Otherwise it's calm. It also lays on it's back and plays dead.
It's 1 3/4" long inc. wings, 1/2" wide. It has bugged eyes that face out to the sides (2 eyes, 1 on either side). There is a black stripe from eye to eye with what appears to be it's nose in the middle.
It has 2 catfish like whiskers, thin & short, slightly under and in between the eyes.
There is what appears to be a feeding tube protruding from underneath. It doesn't appear to retract. It comes out in between where the two front legs attach to the body. I'm guessing this bug feeds on nectar as my flower gardens attract and feed many hummingbirds, bees etc.
The front half is bright green, second half is gold. In the middle of the green section, between where the wings connect to the body is a band of black spots outlined with gold.
6 fuzzy legs with what looks like pincers on the end of each leg. The legs also have what looks like barbs running the length of the long part of the legs.
The way the two front legs move indicates that possibly it is unable to see directly forward. The legs tap and slide along like that of a blind persons cane. I figure the location of the eyes probably limits it vision.
The underside is white and fuzzy.
There are 4 wings, 2 on each side. The wings are transparent, green veins nearest the body and gold veins to the outside edge.