Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Is it a bug? Is it a beetle?

Francie and I went to The Peak yesterday.  Not surprisingly, this is at the summit of Hong Kong Island.  You have this view from the top:


You can either walk to the top or take a tram.  We elected to take the tram up and walk down.  On the tram you ride up at a 45 degree angle (check out my big nose in the picture…thanks, Francie.  It looks like that girl’s entire head could fit in one of my nostrils).


At the top there are places to shop and eat.  We were at a cafe and this big guy landed right outside the window. Check out those antennas!  It was a couple of inches long and had a black shiny shell.  After a while, the shell on its back split apart, wings came out and it flew away.  We couldn’t identify whether it was a bug or a beetle but it was pretty cool.  Does anyone know?


We don’t have these in Texas or Seattle.  Do you like insects?  This guy does–check out his pretty cool site with different insects.


June 19, 2007 - Posted by | Hong Kong, Wildlife


  1. Wow. When I stayed in HK I stayed on the peak! Right behind the big bank building by some famous architect whose name I am forgetting (i.m. pei?). My friend Lisa’s sister lived there – was an insane way to experience HK

    Comment by jolifanta | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. that view from the top is incredible.
    I’m thinking beetle – beetles have the hard shell covering their wings.
    One google search later, it looks like one of these dudes:

    Comment by kevin. | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. Nice job Kevin. I think that is the beetle!

    Comment by Greg Martinez | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Please do not transplant!

    Comment by Cynthia | June 20, 2007 | Reply

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