Short Rostrum Exocarpos Bug
Family group
Ellura
Brown Soldier Bug
Profile showing the Proboscis
 
                      
Brown Soldier Bug (Cermatulus nasalis ssp nasalis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomoidea, Pentatomidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Brown Soldier Bug (Cermatulus nasalis ssp nasalis)
This Photo:     🔍Dorsal🔎
Other name: Glossy Shield Bug

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
~10mm long. This is the only sub-species found in Australia. The other 2 are from New Zealand.
1. It's VERY dark brown, with a golden metallic sheen. Photo's on-line show lighter coloured specimens out there as well.
2. Has a VERY heavy/thick rostrum/proboscis; indicating it's predatory nature. Not a plant sucking bug.
3. A black spot on each "corium".
4. Rear-ward pointing spines on rear edge of the pronotum, which are very difficult to detect. These are quite unique in our local bug world.
5. Pale bands on the legs.
6. 5 antenna segments (including the base).

A predatory bug that feeds on caterpillars.
We found one adult in April.

Copyright © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-Apr-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.