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IMG_6619 Scutelleridae Shieldback bug

Observed: 13th November 2012 By: Jan WellsJan Wells’s reputation in InvertebratesJan Wells’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG_6619 Scutelleridae Shieldback bug

from ispotza:

    Likely ID
    Scutelleridae Shieldback bug
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


foxy's picture


I have no idea what it is ,but it sure is beautiful and unique ,thanks for sharing it .


Limnoporus's picture

A Bug (Heteroptera)

Looks like a scutellerid bug - also known as jewel or shieldbacked bug. These bugs have an enlarged pronotum covering the wing membrane so look beetle-like. As to species, can't help there, but it certainly looks spectacular.

Dluogs's picture

You could try posting it to

You could try posting it to the South Africa iSpot site - www.ispot.org.za/

It's not quite the right region but it's closer than here, and a bit more chance you might meet an expert with the access to the right books.

Anna0289's picture

Closest thing I can find it

Closest thing I can find it Stiretrus anchorago, which comes in various colours and patterns, but EOL states that it only occurs in America. So no joy there.

Jan Wells's picture

IMG 6619

Thanks for help, will try ww.ispot.org.za/ and see what happens

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from ispot.org.za:

Shieldback bugs Scutelleridae.
atennae with 3-4 segments (not beetle - 11 segments) no visible wings; very cunning at concealing joints on tarsus (just in case you decided it might be Ladybeetle or Leafbeetle)

Thanks to everyone for their help.