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giant shield bug

Lyramorpha cf. maculifer


A "giant shield bug" (Tessaratomidae). This is the same individual as posted yesterday in spotting She's still on the job but look how her brood of nymphs has changed in just 1 day!


This spotting on a guava (Psidium sp.) tree in a large semi-urban yard and garden next to a disturbed patch of remnant forest. This is in the equatorial tropics of northern New Guinea.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Magnien 11 years ago
no common name
Lyramorpha cf maculifer Tryon, 1892 Lyramorpha (Diploxiphus) maculifer

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89 Comments (1–25)

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Project Noah Fact of the Day: We are always amazed at Nature and always learning more about her. Did you know that some insects provide parental care for their young? Here is a great article on Insect Parents:

Giant shield bug (Lyramorpha cf. maculifer) spotted in Indonesia by PN user Scott Frazier.

RuthWooten 8 years ago

I get a kick out of the mommies of dung beetles

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

You're welcome!, Everyone is...

Thank you so much for posting this Scott Frazier! Because it is showing a lot of nature and this is an amazing bug!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks very much WildlifeCrusader!

WildlifeCrusader 10 years ago

Wonderful photo, with a wonderful representation of parental care within insects. When I showed this to my friend, they thought the adult was eating the children. ._.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks very much, Leonardo!

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 10 years ago

Unimaginable! Good work, friend!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thank you 戴大奇

戴大奇 10 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks LittleCloud

LittleCloud 10 years ago

I'm in love!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Terima kasih, Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

oh wow !!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Thanks Mayra and Sandra!

SandraPereira 11 years ago

Amazing !!

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FASCINATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Thanks redyellgrn99 and Telse, and belated thanks antoniocds and Susan!

Telse 11 years ago

I love these kind of shots! One day. Way to go and lucky you Frazier.

redyellgrn99 11 years ago

Very nice bug.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Thanks Magnien, I can go with the "cf" species suggestion.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

@Magnien. For a series on changes in nymph development during care in the same species, see

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Hello Magnien. Thanks. Yes you can post on your site, but what's the URL first please? Also please give due credit and post original link. You've probably already seen my mission on parental care?

Magnien 11 years ago

Would you allow me to post this one on my site ? (because of the maternal care, of course)

Magnien 11 years ago

This picture with the nymphs is very interesting. It shows that this species pratices maternal care as is often the case for the Oncomerine bugs. It has already been documented for an other species of Lyramorpha, in Australia, by Georg Monteith. (see for example

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Papua, Indonesia

Spotted on Aug 31, 2011
Submitted on Aug 31, 2011

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