Golden Insects: 10 Bugs That Are Golden In Color

The insects are full of wonders. Would you believe that one of such wonders is the golden coloration of the various bugs in the insect world? Such a golden color pattern is very unique and rare among insects.

Following is a list of 10 such golden insects from the world. Let us begin our discussion.

Golden Insects: 10 Bugs That Are Golden In Color

1) Golden Tortoise Beetle

Scientific Name: Charidotella sexpunctata

Our first insect on the list famously goes by the nickname “Goldbug”, native to America. These beetles have a shiny gold carapace with black spots visible on them. The Elytra is transparent and expands to cover the body and head. Their size is around 5 m to 7 mm on average.

You would be fascinated to know that these beetles can change their color from gold to reddish-brown when they feel disturbed or threatened. The larvae are not that striking in color as compared to the adults. Since these beetles belong to the Leaf beetle family, they mainly feed on plant foliage.

2) Golden Stag Beetle

Scientific Name: Allotopus moellenkampi

The exoskeleton is dark golden and very shiny in appearance. These beetles have large heads with sharp and large mandibles. There are a few black spots in the head region.

They can grow up to 9 centimeters. These beetles are generally found in various parts of Southeast Asia such as Columbia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Eastern India.

The larvae of these gold beetles usually grow in the woods and are found to be infected with a special type of white, inedible fungus called Kinshi fungi.

3) Golden Carpenter Ant

Scientific Name: Camponotus sericeus

These ants get their name due to their shimmering golden body. The legs are black which provides a contrasting look. They are quite small, around 0.5 inches.

These ants have strong mandibles, due to which they can capture or attack their prey by wounding them. Furthermore, they secrete a corrosive from their abdomen. Both these features are enough reasons to avoid disturbing them.

These ants have a mutualistic type of association with aphids. The ants protect the aphids, and in turn, the aphids release sweet secretions after they have eaten a leaf. This secretion is the favorite food of these ants.

4) Golden Longhorn beetle

Scientific Name: Agapanthia villosoviridescens

These beetles are also known as Golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetles. They have a glimmering golden and black color on their Elytra and thorax. The antennae are very large compared to the body and have black and greyish-white bands, which look like a zebra pattern.

These beetles are generally found in Southern and Central England. Their preferred habitat includes moist meadows and woody herbaceous plants.

5) Golden Jewel Scarab Beetle 

Scientific Name: Chrysina resplendens

These beetles are extremely popular among the insect collector community, and they deserve to be so. Their entire body has a smooth, glossy, and shiny golden appearance.

The beetle we have taken for discussion is usually found in the forests of Panama and Costa Rica. According to scientists, these beetles have specialized nano-structure in their exoskeleton due to which they can reflect different wavelengths of light selectively, which results in shiny colors.

They mainly feed on foliage and are harmless to humans.

6) The Golden Moth

Scientific Name: Tineola bisselliella

These moths have several other names such as Common clothes moth and webbing cloth moth, since they are usually found inside clothes, especially their larvae feed on wool, feathers, and other cloth materials.

When light falls over the forewings, it appear glittering gold-like. The hind wings are greyish-white. Their head is tinged with brown and sometimes appear golden also.

These golden moths can be found in various parts of Britain and Australia.

7) Great Golden Digger Wasp

Scientific Name: Sphex ichneumoneus

Generally found in Canada to southern America, these wasps have a combination of colors. Their abdomen and legs are orangish-red, with the tip of the abdomen being black. Whereas the thorax and head region are covered with numerous golden hairs.

Although these wasps might look intimidating, they are harmless and would not sting if they are extremely provoked. They are ground nesters and solitary in nature.

8) Golden German Roaches

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica

These small cockroaches are a huge nuisance in the United States. They are most commonly found inside human habitations, hotels, unclean restaurants. They can be recognized by their golden-brown body color and two parallel black bands in the pronotum region, which is the part just behind the head.

Even though they possess transparent wings they usually prefer to run instead. These golden insects are responsible for spreading pathogens of various diseases that can be very harmful to us.

9) The Summer Salt Marsh Mosquito

Scientific Name: Aedes Dorsalis

As the name suggests, these blood-sucking insects are found in the salty marshes of the coastal region of California. They appear bright golden with black bands on the legs.

These mosquitoes are very aggressive and would not miss a chance to bite you! They are daytime-biting mosquitoes. March and October are the months when they are usually observed.

The females are usually found in the green fields, however, the males prefer open fields or bushes.

10) Golden Praying Mantis

Scientific Name: Hierodula venosa

Our final member of the list belongs to the Mantidae family. They have a golden body color, unlike the other group of green mantis.

These mantises have a length of around 4 inches. They are mostly found in lowland areas, such as jungles, although sometimes they are also located in high-altitude areas.

Some people keep these small insects as pets due to their beautiful appearance and they can act as pest controllers since they feed on small insects. These mantises are very shy and docile and won’t cause humans any harm. Their large eyes help in perceiving their surroundings.


Generally, people do not like insects as sometimes they can harbor dangerous diseases which are the reasons for many sicknesses. But colorful insects, especially gold-colored beetles are favored by many insect collectors. Often, auctions are conducted to sell these gold insects.

The gold coloration has become an inspiration for many artists and decorators who create many showpieces based on these golden insects.


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