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Ornate Shield Bug

Pygoplatys lancifer


Ornate Shield Bug found sitting on eggs near a river in the Bornean jungle. One of the uncommon species of insects that are "brooders", they take care of their young. I walked past this spot everyday on the way to my research site, it was there protecting the eggs for at least 5 days after I first spotted her.


Rainforest. Wehea Protected Forest of East Kalimantan, Indonesia (island of Borneo)

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 11 years ago
Ornate Shield Bug
Pygoplatys sp.

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34 Comments (1–25)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Removed from the Java missions :-)

Dixie 10 years ago

I appreciate your description. I think it's amazing it cares for its babies as birds do.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

I have already favorited and commented on this amazing spotting but I had to give an update. Thanks to the keen eyes of Noah ranger Chun Xing Wong, I also spotted this incredible insect and was able to take some great photos as well. BTW, this spotting does not belong in the Arthropods of Java mission or the Organisms of Java mission, please remove it from both, thanks.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Hi KaraNorby. Your spotting is featured in the new PN blog post via a link! Cheers

MarciaJoppert 11 years ago


Dixie 11 years ago

A beautiful bug!

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


KaraNorby 11 years ago

Thanks again everyone!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Amazing find!

travellingchez 11 years ago

Wow what a magnificent bug. Would you consider adding it to the mission arthropods of Indonesia.

ChunXingWong 11 years ago

I have uploaded my pictures of the immature ones.
With your photograph of this adult and the eggs, we have completed a pictorial life cycle of this species in Project Noah.

Ruby Rausch
Ruby Rausch 11 years ago

Very interesting spot ! This exotic bugs are just fabulous, great colours and shapes !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Fabulous bug. So geometric. And then she makes a perfect hex pattern with the eggs! Great spotting.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Will you still have an opportunity to visit? It would be a great to monitor the development of the nymphs as was done here

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Awesome spotting. Beautiful

dotun55 11 years ago

"Hey, keep off! Endangered species."

MartinL 11 years ago

Well done to identify this spectacular creature

bayucca 11 years ago

Yes! That's it! Pygoplatys lancifer!

RiekoS 11 years ago

Very interesting.
Your spottings are all intersting (I have never seen some of your spotted creatures). Thank you very much for sharing.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

ID is Pygoplatys lancifer what Bayucca want to suggest.....

bayucca 11 years ago

@Despina: Sounds good! Reading the french comments in the forum, I do not know on which one they are referring. Both names, Hypencha aeroplana and Pygoplatys sp. are mentioned. I can't say more than my suggestion which is in any case to be verified! The family of Tessaratomidae is confirmed anyway.

DespinaTsafetopoulou 11 years ago

How about "Hypencha aeroplana"?

FANTASTIC!! thanks for sharing.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Amazing. Congratulations.

ceherzog 11 years ago

wow! Fantastic insect...& your timing with the eggs is perfect!

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Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 26, 2012

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