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Brown Stink Bug - Oncocoris apicalis

Family Pentatomidae

This page contains pictures and information about Brown Shield Bug that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 10mm
 
This stink bug is relative small in size. Its body background is yellow with reddish-brown punctuations. The head is somewhat rectangular in shape as the anteclypeus almost as long as juga. Antennae are in five segments.  
 
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When we found the sting bug, there was a small stink bug instars next to it. It seemed that the adult sting bug was providing the parental guarding. But we were not sure if they were the same species.
 
The photos were taken in Anstead Forest on Oct 2009. We saw this bug only once.  
 
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We found this bug again on Feb 2010 in Anstead Forest.
 
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Also found this bug in Buhot Creek Circuit on Mar 2012.  
 

Reference:
1. Stink Bugs of Australia - FaunaKeys,  Australian Museum online 2003.
3. Genus Oncocoris Mayr, 1866 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Commonwealth of Australia 2005.
3. Insect Reference Collection Database - Department of Agriculture Western Australia
4. Revision of the genus Oncocoris Mayr (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) - McDonald, F.J.D. & Edwards, P.B. 1978. Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series. 
5. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera Part II - by Gordon F. Gross, South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide, 1976, p382.

  

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