Green Shield Bug
Dorsal
Adelaide Hills
Green Shield Bug
Anterior
 
    
Green Shield Bug (Cuspicona privata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)
Species: Green Shield Bug (Cuspicona privata)
This Photo:     Profile

Thank you Won-Gun Kim for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
A mainly green bug, ~8.5mm long.
Notice the lack of any horns protruding from the sides of the pronotum. Small horns would indicate C. simplex
Like the Long-spined Shield Bug, this species has a keel, but is not as noticeable. You can just see it in the profile shot. The ventral shot shows the shorter proboscis & little evidence of the keel.
Originally thought to be Cuspicona simplex, then C. eremophilae, then Ocirrhoe prasinata. As you can see, difficult to separate unless you study the head, pronotum & scuttellum shapes closely. Won-Gun also said "the shapes of the posterolateral pronotal margin, the scutellum, etc. For example, the posterolateral margin is relatively straight and relatively horizontal in C. privata when compared with O. prasinata. In addition, the dorsal surface of this bug is much closer to C. simplex than the species of the genus Ocirrhoe."
Notice that the wings are almost clear, and the edges of the abdomen have small black tipped spines on the edges of the "laterotergites" (abdominal segments).

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Apr-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.