Orange Black Stink Bug


Small Brown GumTree Bug - Protestrica stali

Family Pentatomidae

This page contains pictures and information about Small Brown Gum Tree Bugs in Subfamily Podopinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 6mm
The bug is small in size and dark brown in colour. Its U-shaped scutellum covered up to abdomen tip. 
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We first found this bug on gum tree trunk in Alexandra Hill during early summer 2004. In a hot summer day 2005 in Karawatha Forest , we found the bug again. It was attacking by ants on a gum tree trunk. 
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On early summer Oct 2007, we found this bug again wandering on a gum tree trunk near Bulimba Creek in Wishart. 
This bug was found on Smooth Bark and Scribbles Bark Gum Trees. 

1. Stink Bugs of Australia - FaunaKeys,  Australian Museum online 2003.
2. Protestrica Schouteden, 1905 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Commonwealth of Australia 2005.
3. Protestrica Schouteden 1905 - by Gerry Cassis, Emma Betts and Michael Elliott, Stink Bugs, Fauna Net, Australian Museum 2002.
4. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera-Part I - Gross, G.F. (1975). Adelaide: A.B. James, p143.  

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