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I found this unusual stink bug yesterday, but there's very little info to be found online for this one, even on the usual bug sites like Brisbane Insects. What I have discovered is that there are two subspecies - rosea and pallida - common names Litchi, Lichi, and Lychee. Not to be confused with the Asian species "Lychee" stink bug (Tessaratoma papillosa). This fellow was approx. 1.5 cms in length, and very flat in appearance. Bright red in colour with grey border. It's a native species with distribution from FNQ to SA. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversi... As the wings have not yet formed, this spotting is nymphal. Another site - http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01...
Spotted beneath a tree at the Metroplex on Gateway estate in Brisbane QLD. I think the tree might be Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa), a native which is a favourite of many stink bug species. Have also spotted other species of stink bug in this same area.
I've worked in this area for over 8 years and am familiar with the location, but it's the first time I have ever come across this species. It certainly hasn't been for the lack of interest or observing the environment.
Spotted on Dec 24, 2014
Submitted on Dec 25, 2014
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