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Shield bug

Brachyplatys sp.


A small unusual black bug with extended scutellum covering the entire abdomen.

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MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks eeuba.
This bug is adult and the scutellum covers two pairs of wings.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Very interesting and cute ! The larval forms definitely show shield bug characteristics, don't they. Another great find.

MartinL 7 years ago

This is true Mark.
These and the jewel bugs cannot raise the scutellum out of the way for normal flapping action.
Among scarab beetles, the elytra would also get in the way but can be raised as an additional step in the process of flight. Among them, cetoniinae beetles (such as fiddler beetle) raise their elytra only slightly and wings come out the side, as these bugs have to do. This has a great advantage in facilitating a one step and very rapid launch.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Curious. I'd like to see one flying. The wings seem to stick out sideways like oars.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on May 16, 2015
Submitted on May 16, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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