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Shield Bug

Oplomus pulcher

Description:

A beautiful black and orange Shield Bug about 1 cm long. The legs and antennae have a metallic blue sheen. This species is one of the Predatory Shield bugs, especially feeding on the larvae of the butterfly family Pieridae. It has been reported from Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama and can probably be found in the countries in between as well. Family Pentatomidae, Subfamily Asopinae.

Habitat:

On a bush along the highway between San Cristobal and Tuxtla Gutierrez, km 18.5, 1164 meters.

Notes:

http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax... 373434 http://www.naturalista.mx/taxa/295794-Op... http://dugesiana.cucba.udg.mx/dugesiana_... (feeding behavior) http://www.ejournal.unam.mx/zoo/068-01/Z... (Key to genera and species of Asopinae in Mexico).

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2 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you so much Maniacval for your help with the identification! So pleased!

Maniacval
Maniacval 4 years ago

Hi Lauren

Also adjunct key for determinate this bug:
http://www.ejournal.unam.mx/zoo/068-01/Z...

Greets

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 27, 2016
Submitted on Sep 5, 2016

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