Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Flying Bug


We live in Coastal North Carolina, near the sound and surrounded by trees.  There was a flying insect in my house this evening that was a bright greenish color, but its head and wings were kinda clear.  Its buzzing sound was like a fly, but its appearance reminded me more of a bee.  Once squished, it oozed an electric blue color. He landed frequently, and stayed on the ceiling. Unfortunately, his life was too short for much else, he was trapped in my daughters room, causing her to scream. Loudly.


I'm sorry, but without at least an image of the insect (ideally a specimen), I can't make an identification.  Simply too many "green" insects.  My initial thought was a Green Stink Bug, Chinavia hilaris (aka Acrosternum hilaris ), but you should have noticed a pungent odor upon squishing it.  Other, smaller stink bugs are green, too, as are many, many beetles, a few wasps, solitary bees.....You get the picture.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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