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Shield Bug

Sphictyrtus sp.


Order Hemiptera. Family Coreidae (from 'koris' = bug, Greek). Phytophagan bug who lives on plant saps (esp Cashew tree - Brazil - Malpighia glabra -acerola, and Phyllantus). Seen also on Coffea arabica (Colombia). Green metallic bug with red abdomen.When manipulated, they emit a particular odour.


Coreidae are tipically tropical and subtropical inhabitants. This one we found it in Central Highlands of Brazil, an area of savannah ("Cerrado"), near Brasilia, Federal District.


According to Clifford Keil (Catholic University of Ecuador) photographs sometime do not show important diagnostical characters necessaries to determine species. "We have to be careful in the Neotropics as there are substantial numbers of undescribed species even in well known groups." So, we just came to genera (Sphictyrtus sp.), omiting an apparent evidence of sp, "chrysis" in this case.

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Federal District, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 20, 2012
Submitted on Jun 29, 2022

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