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giant shield bug

Agapophyta cf viridula


A "giant shield bug" (Tessaratomidae) demonstrating brooding behavior (egg guarding), for which they are known.


This spotting on an ornamental croton shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) in a village yard (near disturbed lowland forest and sago swamp, and the Pacific Ocean).


Another link For a similar spotting of another species from this family taking care of her newly hatched nymphs see:

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Thanks Gilma & Yuko!

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Beautiful bug and her beautiful green eggs!

Lovely series.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thank you!

KarenL 8 years ago

Great spot!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Like shielded stink bug (Troilus luridus)

RobertShinn 9 years ago

very nice photography...and a beautiful bug...

Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Nice series. I like th second pic most.

is it protecting, cleaning or eating them eggs?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks alicelongmartin!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Crystal clear pictures!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks all!

DiveMUster 9 years ago

We call them "Human Face" bugs as there is some resemblance of a human face if top-viewed with the head at the bottom to the abdomen at the top.
Nice spotting!

DaniKisso 9 years ago

How cute! Great photos!

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Love it!

ceherzog 9 years ago

That's an outstanding series of photos...awesome!

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

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