Location: South India

Size: 1-2 cm

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    $\begingroup$ Did you see it recently? Time of year would be useful. More useful would be the habitat in where you saw it: woodland? Swamp? Metropolitan? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 1:57
  • $\begingroup$ Metropolitan, 2017, Night Time, Its on my front door, may be it is new invented species found by me, may be who knows. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 2:36
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    $\begingroup$ +0. Your photo isn't of such good quality. Try to use the best camera you have available — preferably an SLR camera — and forcing the flash setting to "on". It might help to boost your camera's ISO setting. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 3:30
  • $\begingroup$ Was there a strong pungent, stinking smell along with the insect (that could be perceived from more than 1 meters distance)? Also mention the size. $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 20:11

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Precise identification of insects requires use of microscopic lens and an immobile specimen.
I have neither of those here; also, my reference material is focused on North American species. Nevertheless, with what I have available to me, it is most likely a member of order Hemiptera, family Alydidae:

Alydidae are mostly active during the day, so your specimen was probably resting and saw a nearby artificial source of light. They use their piercing mouth-parts to suck the juices out of herbaceous seeds. Unless yours was discovered in a heavily urbanized area, I would venture that this one feeds off nearby grasses and trees.


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