Common name : Rainbow shield bug
Scientific name : Calidea dregii
Family : Scutelleridae
Native to : Worldwide distribution
Interesting fact : The colouring of the rainbow shield bug varies depending on the way in which the light falls on its body and is reflected.
14 mm in length, this bug has a beautiful iridescent metallic colouring that resembles a rainbow. It dwells in semi-arid weed patches of bushveld regions. Its diet is comprised of sap from new seeds, and also various plants including poisonous ones. This bug can protect itself by emitting a foul-smelling odour to deter predators.