A rare bug was sighted by the Zoology students of Bishop Heber College while undertaking a butterfly survey in the campus earlier this week.

Commonly called the Samurai Bug or Hitler bug, the insect, considered an interesting specimen for insect collectors and art workers for its colourful appearance, belongs to the order hemiptera, according to Department Head Susila Appadurai.

It feeds on the sap of fruits and is not found commonly; it was spotted only for a day. Dr. Susila said the bug is sighted in South East Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. It was spotted in India only on a few occasions.