Spiny Shield Bug
Ventral
Ellura
Shield Bug
Adult, Back
 
    
Shield Bug (Poecilometis cf vermiculatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)
Species: Shield Bug (Poecilometis cf vermiculatus)
This Photo:     Adult, Profile

Thank you Mark Newton for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Varies from black to light brown (tan) to cinnamon
Adults are quite distinguished with white "bow tie" spot at the end of their wing shield, finishing with jet black diamond vest formed by the wing tips.
Found on Senna and Beyeria opaca. Without ventral examination, we can't be sure this is the correct id.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Oct-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.