S2, Teneral: dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Species:||Subcoastal Squawker (Pauropsalta cf accola)|
|This Photo:||S1, Adult: dorsal|
Thank you Ethan Beaver for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Dr Lindsay Popple for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
It's been very useful to have found 2 of the same species as you can now compare the colour variations between the teneral stage & a full coloured adult; which is much blacker.
The following relates to Specimen 2:
~20mm body length with red wing veins and a bronze body. There are 3 large, red, ocelli just in front of the middline of the eyes.
It has some strange green "milky" colourations on the wings and body which, on closer inspection, is the same on the pale abdomen stripes.
The hind wings make a dark pointed "peak" above the abdomen.
The forearms are armed with heavy set spines.
Lindsay said "The specimen is still partly teneral, which makes it difficult to identify. The dorsal portion of tergite 1 is clearly visible, which actually rules out both P. confinis and P. extensa. So need to consider other alternatives. Given consideration of its size, it is most likely to be Pauropsalta accola"