Short Rostrum Exocarpos Bug
Brown Soldier Bug
Profile showing the Proboscis
|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)|
|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.