Wednesday, November 07, 2007

What is this?

I'm a bit crap when it comes to wildlife especially insects, so I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows what type of insect this is. My Khmer friends told me it was poisonous and they should know, though they then jokingly attempted to flick it in my direction. It was resting on a tree stump in Kien Svay, near Phnom Penh. It was a strange and intriguing looking insect with dazzling colours and a large proboscis, and I would appreciate more information, if you have it. Thanks in advance.


bug_girl said...

It's beautiful! and probably not poisonous, although I wouldn't eat it, just in case. It looks like a Fulgorid (Fulgoridae) to me.

These are little plant hoppers, and are harmless, unless you are a plant.

Andy said...

Thanks bug-girl. Although they want to remain anonymous, a 3rd party has informed me that this bug is very dangerous and is so brightly coloured as to warn off its enemies from getting I don't know who or what to believe! :)