Soh Kam Yung spotted a group of Mangrove Jewel Bugs (Calliphara nobilis) spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 17 April 2022. He usually sees individuals, so it was a surprise to see a group for once.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/111759445 ]
Family : Scutelleridae
Interesing snippets : Also known as mangrove shield bug or mangrove stink bug. Feed on leaves and so is described as phytophagous. They are coloured to warn would-be predators of their unpalatability and this is known as aposematically coloured. They are capable of secreting irritating fluids formed by sequestering toxins obtained from plants they have fed on.