Acacia Shield Bug
S2: ventral
Ellura
Spined Acacia Shield Bug
Posterior
 
    
Spined Acacia Shield Bug (Alcaeus varicornis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)
Species: Spined Acacia Shield Bug (Alcaeus varicornis)
This Photo:     Spines

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very similar in appearance to A. lignicolor, but larger insects along with heavier/longer spines on the side of the pronotum. The scutellar spine (the body armour at the back of the body where the wings start, that curls up slightly and has the pale patch on it) appears to be thicker with these that A. lignicolor.
Found one in January.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Jan-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.