Shiny bug day

Some days, the bugs in the garden are waspy or tiny or ant-y or eggy. But one day this past week, they were shiny.

Shiny BugFirst, I spotted this green beetle near the zucchini, but by the time I’d gone in to get my camera, he was long gone.

The next day, though, he was running along the sidewalk when I went to take out the trash. I had to chase him through the grass and over to the shed on the property line between our house and George’s, but I got him.

I wish I’d managed to catch him out in the direct sunlight, because then it would be even clearer how metallic he is. Any ideas on what he might be?

Later, over by the Big Boy pepper plants, this fly caught my eye. All flies are shiny, but this one struck me as particularly iridescent.

Another shiny bug

Super Stripe BugOn Friday, I wandered out to the garden briefly, under the auspices of checking the temperatures outside, and nearly kicked myself when I noticed this bizarrely striped bug and didn’t have my camera. Rule Number One: Always carry the camera to the garden. It’s not like it’s heavy.

Luckily, by the time I ran back inside and returned, he was still hanging out at the pepper plants. This guy’s not technically shiny, but with a coat of many colors like this, he deserves entrance to the party. Has anyone seen this bug before? Any idea what it is?

I know they might not all bring happiness and health to our plants, but a part of me stands in support of disco bugs and Shiny Bug Day.

15 Responses to “Shiny bug day”

  1. 1 Xris (Flatbush Gardener) June 26, 2006 at 12:32 am

    The third bug is a red-banded leafhopper, Graphocephala coccinea. They’re common here in Brooklyn.

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener June 26, 2006 at 5:44 am

    Xris, thanks for the information! I figure now that I’ve seen one, I’ll see tons of them, even though I’ve never seen one before. Are they pest-ish? Should I be trying to remove them if I see them?


  3. 3 steven June 26, 2006 at 7:56 am

    The green beetle is very pretty, but I’m suspicious of all beetles except for fireflies. I see a lot of metallic green flies in my garden and the seem to be harmless. The leafhoppers I think are pesty, but a trip to google should clear that up.

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener June 26, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    Uh-oh…What’s That Bug reports the following on the Graphocephala coccinea: “They feed on the juices of weeds and cultivated plants. When they feed, they inject saliva into the plant which inhibits the sap from running, eventually resulting in wilting and leaf drop.”

    I wonder if that’s what’s happening to our tomato plant?


  5. 6 rachelle July 1, 2006 at 9:20 am

    i don’t know why the wacky writing in my last comment. i tried to post a link to my site so you could see the bugs. oh well!

  6. 7 inadvertentgardener July 1, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Rachelle — I went and checked out your bug — yes, same as mine! Hope that info helps you out. I’m sorry to hear he’s not garden-friendly, because he really is cool-looking. Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comments!

  7. 8 Katey November 22, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    In regards to the firt insect I believe it is called the Ground Beetle or a more technical name is Carabid. They do come in forms of dark colors and also shiny or metalic green, but you will mostly find them to be dark brown or black.

  8. 9 inadvertentgardener November 23, 2006 at 9:06 am

    Katey, thanks for the information — that’s interesting. I’m glad I saw the shiny kind…they’re much fancier. :-)

  9. 10 Farmer Dave July 27, 2008 at 9:59 am

    So these shiny green beattles can zap the jucies from my tomato leaves? I caught a couple of them mating on my tomato plants today. I never thought they would bother the plants.

  10. 11 inadvertentgardener July 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Farmer Dave, I suggest picking them off the plants when you see them.

  11. 12 bit April 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Top photo:

    Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)

    Length 14mm

    An active, ground-dwelling beetle of sandy places including heaths and dunes. Upperparts are usually green with pale spots on elytra; legs and thorax margins are shiny bronze. Widespread and locally common. Seen May-July, this beetle is an active and ferocious predator.

  12. 13 mlena12 May 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    what is the second bug? the iridescent fly? or more importantly are they helpful or harmful? because I see a couple of them in my garden

  13. 14 Janie May 18, 2009 at 8:27 am


    Found the shiny green beetle picture one this a.m. under a plant
    tray,magnificent color in the sun. It must of came from purchased
    tomato plants we’re hardening off and holding till the temps
    rise. First thought-EMERALD ash borer, color sure fit. Will have
    show and tell then ???. Darien,IL

  14. 15 Morgan April 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    The first bug looks like the one that I found under my desk at work, and I found it because it BIT me! I am pretty sure it is a bark-gnawing beetle called Temnoscheila. Very pretty, but don’t get too close to the pincers!

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