Before anything. Some of of you might have seen this picture on @inaturalistorg. It’s the picture of my observation in iNaturalist app that has been featured. I’ll like to suggest for everyone to use the app in order to contribute to the community of naturalist. Full resolution: https://www.shutterstock.com/image/image-1196774236
In the beautiful of the nature, come a leaf beetle (Trichochrysea sp.) with a shiny bluish armor making you feel an awe as the cute compound eyes gazing straight into the weakest part of your heart. This beetle comes from the sub-family Eumolpinae. The most unique feature of Eumolpinae is the metallic color (Jolivet & Verma, 2008) on its body which make them look like a jewelry in the forest.
Not enough with our eyes, this violinist comes with another special feature. Though, I never hear it yet, Trichochrysea sp. is said to be able to produce very low sound because of the existence of stridulatory apparatus on its wings. (Medvedev & Muravitzky, 2009). Though they never mentioned about hearing sound from the following leaf beetle, the existence of the apparatus already tell a lot.
With all the compliments, as I said with previous post, beauty is a beauty, yet this beetle has been recorded as a pest for shade tress in tea farm in India (Roy & Pujari, 2014). Yet, what can we said, they have been living their own world, while we, human come with urbanization destroying more trees than we can ever imagine.
Have a nice day ^^v
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