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Shield Bug

Cazira verrucosa

Description:

Words fail me. Help me find words again...please ID this for me.

Habitat:

Was visiting a temple complex in Ambika Kalna, West Bengal, India that was built in 1809...well manicured lawns and a few places over run by weeds (and mongoose!) I spotted something reddish on a leaf lamina...and there was no reason why anything red should be there (like no red flowers or leaves nearby). And when I investigated...this is what I found.

Notes:

Dying to know its name...can anyone HELP!!!

1 species ID suggestions

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 3 months ago
Shield bug
Cazira verrucosa Cazira verrucosa · iNaturalist.org

22 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a month ago

Looking forward to your "grotesque" ...I mean fascinating :) spotting. Hope you find it.

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Your comment on grotesque reminds me of one I found. I think I'll see if I can find the picture. It was really strange, like yours, but not so brighly colored. Thanks again for sharing.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a month ago

Thank you Tukup.It was indeed a magnificent team effort...and PN nailed it.I was fascinated by this bug...so peculiar...grotesque even but somehow extreneky fascinating.I raised a huge hue and cry didn't I? But so happy everyone chipped in.I am a total fan of PN.

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Great find Sukanya. Just reading the history of the ID. I love a challenge once in a while, but only if it ends in results. Glad you got the ID. Beautiful shot.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 months ago

Congrats on the SOTD!! A Great reward for such a rewarding puzzle. Spectacular bug!! Thanks to Paul Davis for the solution.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Teamwork wins the day. I am sure tmvdh, Michael Strydom and Paul Davis are as happy as I am.
Thank you, Rangers....thank you Daniele.
Thank you Sergio Monteiro, AntonioGinjaGinja

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

Congratulations Sukanya.

Awesome find Sukanya,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

A call for help and great team effort is all you need! What a fabulous spotting Sukanya, well deserving to be Spotting of the Day:

"Gibbosities, spines and excrescences? These are all technical terms used to describe the various protrusions on the body of our remarkable Spotting of the Day, a stink bug aptly named Cazira verrucosa (family Pentatomidae;
subfamily Asopinae). Asopine stink bugs are predators of other insects.
With thanks to Torsten van der Heyden, Michael Strydom and Paul Davis for help with identification".

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 months ago

Awsome news... what I great puzzle to solve. Happy to have helped

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Fantastic! Verrucosa indeed...! I personally don't think it's a monster, but check this out:
http://www.realmonstrosities.com/2014/10...
Well done Paul, and thank you Sukanya for such an interesting find.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Thank you Daniele, Thank you, tmvdh, Thank you Michael Strydom and of course, Thank you, Paul Davis.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Paul Davis...you are a marvel! Thank you.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Daniele...usually I can be patient but this one is so odd looking I knew I couldnot wait for an IF...so I made a racket...and how wonderfully PN responded.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Now that got the conversation going! Glad for you (and our community) Sukanya!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Yes indeed...THANK YOU so much Michael Strydom...I have a few other shots...same position though.., so it won't help much. I was holding back a leaf with one hand and shooting with the other. But the moment my friend came over to help me, the insect dropped onto the weedy under growth was lost. Really appreciate the clue. Thanks a lot, again.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 months ago

Hi SukanyaDatta. I have been running some body comparisons and the head, eyes and spines on the thorax margins are all indictive of Shield or Stink bugs. Even how the wing tips stick out at the back. Front leggs throw me off though, almost like back legs of leaf footed bugs. I will keep looking. hope this helps you along!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Thanks Daniele....truly...such a strange insect...not posted anywhere else but will....Keeping fingers crossed for at least a genus level ID...I now know, courtesy tmndh that this is a true bug...no wonder its ID is bugging me so much. ☺

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Thank you tmvdh...it is a major step forward to know it is a true bug.

tmvdh
tmvdh 3 months ago

Well, it's a True Bug (Heteroptera). I haven't found out which species, yet...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Words fail me too Sukanya... Have you tried the Entomology Facebook group?

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Any one? Any idea?

West Bengal, India

Lat: 23.22, Long: 88.35

Spotted on Dec 15, 2018
Submitted on Dec 15, 2018

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