Beautiful Plant Bug
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Stink Bug (Pentatomoidea, Pentatomidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Pittosporum Bug (Pseudapines geminata)|
|This Photo:||🔍Adult, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Dee Petersen & Danilo Lüdke for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
These are quite small bugs. We haven't measured one, but adults are ~7mm long.
Early instars are circular, elongating to an oval shape as they age. 1st instars only have 2 white spots (one on each site), getting more as they molt. Instars are black with white spots/patches and orange antennae, while adults attain some orange/chestnut highlights to the edge of the body. The adult patterns are very consistent between specimens
Underneath, they are very pale, and the legs have a blue tinge to them.
We have photographed these in Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sep.