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Green Shield Backed Bug

Coleotichus sp.

Description:

Second and third instars of red bugs spotted last week (pic#2) One individual is totally red (poss newly emerged?) Suspected eggs for this insect.

Habitat:

Communally on silver wattle.

Notes:

Finally ID'd this by finding a hawaiian cousin Coleotichus blackburniae with pics of nymphs http://hear.smugmug.com/Photographers/HL... Now this link http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_... seems the correct ID=) Phew that was tough! Pic #6 was found nearby but weeks earlier

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15 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra. I was surprised to see these so far south and would be delighted to see them again next summer.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Gorgeous!!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

I watched these grow from hatchlings to green shield backed beetles over many weeks. Suddenly the adults all flew away.

harsuame
harsuame 8 years ago

Frutos de insectos excelente

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Wow,would love to wear these jewels in my braid!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Yay! Finally found the ID. It is a green Jewel bug from a red and blue nymph!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Nice pictures Martinl!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

New theory - http://hear.smugmug.com/Photographers/HL... from Hawaii makes this a Coleotichus species (Hawaii has C. blackburniae but Aussie has C. artensis, C. costatus or C. excellens. These are gonna turn out green!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

cool bugs martinl

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Really Nice!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

vibrant colors!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Excellent martin. Keep 'em coming.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Nice colors, Beautiful bug,

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 6, 2012
Submitted on Jan 6, 2012

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