Red Jewel Bug
Male, Green Face
Variable Shield Bug
Yellow Early Instar, dorsal
Red Jewel Bug (Choerocoris paganus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Shield Backed Bug (Scutelleridae)
Species: Red Jewel Bug (Choerocoris paganus)
This Photo:     They think they are the same species!
Other name: Dodonaea bug

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Riverland 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.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.