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Litchi/Lychee Stink Bug (nymph)

Lyramorpha rosea


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. As the wings have not yet formed, this spotting is nymphal. Another site -


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.

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25 Comments (1–25)

Congrats again on the well deserved SOTD Neil :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thank you all for the congrats. I never knew a stink bug could be so popular. It is a pretty one though.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congrats Neil! Is a beauty.

CharliePrice 9 years ago

Wow Neil that's fascinating Stink Bug ..what a find ! Congrats

RiekoS 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks guys. Cheers for the link too, Martin. And Mark, as long as it doesn't do its stinky thing on me, all is good.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

It may stink and it may be a bug but it's all good. :) Congrats.

MartinL 9 years ago

Congratulations Neil
I've seen the nymph in FNQ
Yours looks like possibly an earlier instar.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

Beautiful captures Neil ... Congrats......

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Sweet :-) Thanks, Yasser. I'll let the little bloke know when I get to work tomorrow.

PedroCruzEcheandia 9 years ago

Nuestra bella naturaleza , gracias por compartir su bonito y buen trabajo.

AshleyT 9 years ago

And congrats to you too, Neil! Awesome it was a first for you as well :)

Yasser 9 years ago

Congrats Neil! This colorful little stink bug is our Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing this beauty and so many others with us. All the best and congrats again!


Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Antonio. Took a while to spot this one, but it was worth the wait.

Awesome series Neil,great spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Sunny and Desmond. My first encounter with this species. I know this area like the back of my hand, but it's taken 10 years to meet this guy. He's a beauty.

Desmond.E.S.O 9 years ago

That's A Cool Bug, Neil!

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

An unusual bug Neil.. Excellent series!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Viv. It was quite by chance. He landed on my lap and wanted to share my lunch. Photo opp!!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Great series Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks Tony and Renee. It is a beautiful bug, and the colour was quite sensational in the dappled light. My first encounter with this species.

TonyHdz 9 years ago

Que Insecto tan Bello... y Extrañ lo había visto... Gracias por compartirla

Cassie456 9 years ago

That's a neat bug!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Mark. I should have known that. Will try and get some more info on this species.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fascinating bug. Surely nymphal... those wing buds are well short.

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Dec 24, 2014
Submitted on Dec 25, 2014

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