Short Rostrum Exocarpos Bug
Family group
Lovely Flat-headed Bug
S2, Female, dorsal
Lovely Flat-headed Bug (Cephaloplatus (Cephaloplatus) bellus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomoidea, Pentatomidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Lovely Flat-headed Bug (Cephaloplatus (Cephaloplatus) bellus)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Female, dorsal🔎
Synonym: Cephaloplatus bellus

Thank you Danilo Lüdke for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line:
~9.5mm. This is the most southerly record of them on Atlas.
Had 2 come on the same night to the light sheet in January.
There are 2 specimens at SA Museum, with variations in the face shield protrusion/horn. In Gross' drawings they point forward slightly. Here they don't, and in the SA Museum species they have one that does and one that doesn't.
Danilo said "I believe the small differences in the dilations of the head and pronotum we can observe between specimens are due to natural variation, or perhaps sexual dimorphism."

Copyright © 2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Jan-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.