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Basically a stink bug, but green and giant one at that. Has fleshy, stout long legs. Tries to avoid the photographer - moves to the other side of the twig. Underside of the trunk has some pores. Length: 25mm. Scale of the size can be guessed by comparing the fly on its tail end.


Damp and bushy area nearby a lake with lots of forests around.


Spotted this giant stink bug, as a bonus (!), while actually looking for some bugs around 'Chaaya Taal', an artificial lake with rainbow trout, some 5km uphill from Hee Gaun in very remote West Sikkim. The family had camped here at a village tourism guest house for angling and nature observation. It was quite fruitful!

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL 8 years ago
Small headed bugs (Tessaratomidae)
pycanum rubens Tessaratomidae

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MartinL 8 years ago

Here is an article describing ffoodplants and illustrating the strange looking nymphs.

In one report [5], the host plants of P. rubens was indicated as Cyrtosiphonia sp. (family: Apocynaceae), Macropanax sp. (family: Araliaceae) and Parkia sp. (family: Fabaceae).
Cyrtosiphonia is now the synonym of Rauvolfia. Interestingly, the host plant Dillenia suffruticosa (Family: Dilleniaceae) was not in their list. "

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

It certainly does have a small head

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Stunning colour on the under abdomen. Great shots sir.

MartinL 8 years ago

This large bug is actually in a different subfamily.
Find some nymphs, they look crazy...

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Yes, andrecoppe the 4th photo is trying to show the small openings lined along the underneath. Are they openings of breathing tubes? We could also appreciate in this view the long and chunky hind legs.

andrecoppe 8 years ago

The fourth picture is amazing!!! Congratulations!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Thanks venusflytrap2000 for the nice comments and for liking it.

CalebSteindel 8 years ago

wonderful clarity and beautiful series drNamgyalT.Sherpa

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Sikkim, India

Spotted on Jun 14, 2015
Submitted on Jun 16, 2015

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