Red Jewel Bug
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Shield Backed Bug (Scutelleridae)|
|Species:||Red Jewel Bug (Choerocoris paganus)|
|Other name:||Dodonaea bug|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Amazing array of fire engine red and deep metallic green head and shield.
We've not seen the red noses or orange/brown colours before.
Males are thicker at the back
Small white dots around its body.
We suspect the different coloured shield (ie all dark vs wine glass shaped stripe) relates to different gender.