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:

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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).

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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?

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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.

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

4 Comments »

  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:
    http://www.asian-longhorned-beetle.com/

    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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