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Plataspid Stink Bug

Coptosoma obtusiceps Steel, c. 1871


Found this little one on an Avocado plant. Even its color resembles a ripening avocado.

3 Species ID Suggestions

Kudzu Bug
Megacopta cribraria
cecilandcher 10 months ago
plataspid stink bug
Coptosoma obtusiceps Stal Coptosoma obtusiceps (Insecta: Heteroptera, Plataspidae)

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60 Comments (1–25)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 months ago

Yes ChunXingWong. I'm glad somebody has the time to track down it's ID.

ChunXingWong 10 months ago

Finally this bug got a name! This calls for celebration Jolly!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 months ago

Thanks cecilandcher for the ID. Much appreciated for your effort in finding reference for its identification after 8 long years!

cecilandcher a year ago

This is a species of Plataspidae. Identification to species level is quite difficult and usually requires specimens rather than pictures. The following species are known from the Philippines:
Brachyplatys deplanatus (Eschscholtz, 1822)
B. mungo White, 1842
B. nigripes Stål, 1876
B. nigriventris (Westwood, 1837)
B. subaeneus (Westwood, 1837)
B. vahlii (Fabricius, 1787)
Calacta sp.
Coptosoma acuticeps Montandon, 1894
C. angularis Stål, 1870
C. atomarium Germar 1839, 27
C. bufo (Eschscholtz, 1822, 160)
C. cinctum (Eschscholtz, 1822)
C. conviva Stål, 1876
C. icterica Dallas, 1851
C. insignata Montandon, 1894
C. intricata Montandon, 1894
C. laticincta Montandon, 1894
C. nepalensis Westwood, 1837
C. obtusiceps Stål, 1870
C. pallida Stal, 1870
C. polita Montandon, 1896
C. signata Montandon, 1894
C. variegatum (H-S., 1844)
C. xanthogramma (White, 1842)
(?) Megacopta cribraria (Fabr., 1798)
Oscula flavescens Stål
Ponsila insolita Montandon, 1893

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Jolly, I would have another look at the Kudzu Bug. They come in green as well - with several features that appear to match your bug. They seem to attack legumes. Native to India and China, they seem to have invaded parts of the US....perhaps Philippines as well !

ChunXingWong 3 years ago

The smaller tropical insects are indeed difficult to be identified. Most of my PN spottings are still unidentified even after almost 10 years.

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Hi Jolly,
You may want to try the excellent Facebook Entomology group, and provide them with the info given to you below by Agnes. They might also redirect you to a more specialized group. Make sure to follow the rules pinned at the top of the group page.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 3 years ago

Hi everyone, after so many years this spotting is still unidentified. Maybe this time somebody might have an idea what this bug really is.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Its ok. Thanks. I just tried my luck you might know what it is.

BugEric 8 years ago

I don't know what this is. There are entire *families* of insects that occur in Asia and not in the U.S. I am completely unfamiliar with the fauna there. Sorry.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Thanks Agnes for the effort. I sure do hope we will be able to find the exact ID soon.

I've also been looking into this Jolly, but exact ID still eludes me. I'm also looking at Leana's similar spotting ( The closest ID/image is the Coptosoma cribraria or Megacopta cribraria. However, as of 2010, Philippines is not yet included in its distribution, although almost all other Southeast Asia countries are ( The other plastipids we have on records are Coptosoma xanthogramma, Coptosoma variegata, and Brachyplatys subaeneus, however these are all black stink bugs. -

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Hi everyone, ID help needed.

ChunXingWong 8 years ago

Still no luck with the ID.
Plataspididae (Plataspidae) is still so far my best ID suggestion
Very little is known about these bugs of the Philippines, this species might even be undiscovered. Based on this compilation, only 1 species is found in the Philippines but it is also not identified.

close enough lol :P

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Victoria, this spotting is the same family (Plataspididae) as you suggested and also by Chun Xing Wong but definitely they are not of the same species. Thanks for trying to help.

I made a suggestion. Not positive about it but I think it may be correct

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Thanks Luis and Phil S

Phil_S 8 years ago

Very interesting spotting! I have never seen one like it.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Very good find Jolly

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Thanks PerilsOfPlastic

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Maybe Jeannette thought that PN is a circus!!!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Karen, the ID given by martin is not correct. I will remove the current ID given by Jeannette Salinas. She was just having fun giving names to people's spottings!

KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely spot Jolly!
Please can you update the common & scientific names with the correct details supplied by Martin. Thanks!

ArvinMemaphu 8 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Spotted by
Jolly Ibañez

Zamboanga, Zamboanga Peninsula, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 21, 2012
Submitted on Aug 21, 2012

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