Variable Shield Bug
Yellow Adult, ventral
Murray Mallee Region
Boxer Bark Mantid
S2, Female Nymph: dorsal
 
    
Green Shield Backed Bug (Coleotichus costatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Shield Backed Bug (Scutelleridae)
Species: Green Shield Backed Bug (Coleotichus costatus)

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
A lightly toned, large bug.
Lots of tiny maroon dots on pale brown around the edge of its back match the Dodonaea fruit perfectly.
They can vary from brown to green.
Red compound eyes with a red jewel (actually an Ocellus, simple eye) above each compound eye.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Jan-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.