Long Broad-headed Bug
Wingless Coreid Bug
S3, Male, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Leaf Footed Bug (Coreoidea, Coreidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Wingless Coreid Bug (Agriopocoris froggatti)|
|This Photo:||S2, Male, dorsal|
Thank you Danilo Lüdke for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~10mm long, chocolate brown and very spiny. Males have a narrower abdomen than the females.
The speciemen we recently found at Ellura is slightly longer and has some minor differences in colour, shown here as S3. Possibly location variations, or a different species.
Tony Daley on Bowerbird said "There are a couple of differences in the form of the abdomen to separate the wingless adults from the similar nymphs, but easiest to point to is the two pairs of abdominal dorsal scent glands down the middle which are active in nymphs and thus clearly seen but not active, and thus not distinguished from surrounding surface in colour, in adults."
The scent glands Tony refers appear like 4 black lumps in the nymphs that are missing from our two specimens.
These can have wings apparantly, but we haven't seen any photo's of them.
Danilo said "A. dollingi (known only from WA) and A. porcellus are out as the shape of the male abdomen is different (connexival segment VII) and the remaining A. chadwicki is not confirmed for SA and differs in lacking the bristle-bearing tubercles, the legs and the lateral margins of the pronotum are rather smooth. And this leaves us with A. froggatti"
We photographed 2 males in Lobethal in Dec & Jan, and 1 male at Ellura in Aug.