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Arma custos L5 ventral Ventral view of Arma custos nymph in image below. Note the very broad/strong rostrum used for attacking and holding other invertebrates, sometimes larger than the bug itself, that this species preys on.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/53211/arma_custos_-_l5_nearly_done.html" title="Arma custos - L5 nearly done"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/53211_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=GYkqKKokEblwfxDEoY0z4tODpoQ%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Arma custos - L5 nearly done Last instar nymph of Shield Bug species Arma custos, only hours before shedding into adulthood.<br />
Ventral view of the same nymph here (note the strong rostrum of this predatory species): https://www.jungledragon.com/image/53213/arma_custos_l5_ventral.html<br />
Resulting imago, only a few hours later: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/53214/arma_custos_somewhat_teneral.html Arma,Arma custos,Asopinae,Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Nymph,Pentatomidae" /></a></figure>  Arma,Arma custos,Asopinae,Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Nymph,Pentatomidae Click/tap to enlarge

Arma custos L5 ventral

Ventral view of Arma custos nymph in image below. Note the very broad/strong rostrum used for attacking and holding other invertebrates, sometimes larger than the bug itself, that this species preys on.

Arma custos - L5 nearly done Last instar nymph of Shield Bug species Arma custos, only hours before shedding into adulthood.<br />
Ventral view of the same nymph here (note the strong rostrum of this predatory species): https://www.jungledragon.com/image/53213/arma_custos_l5_ventral.html<br />
Resulting imago, only a few hours later: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/53214/arma_custos_somewhat_teneral.html Arma,Arma custos,Asopinae,Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Nymph,Pentatomidae

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  1. Very educational description. A cute bug at a first glance, until you read about the giant life sucking organ it has. Posted 2 years ago

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Arma custos is a stink bug in the Pentatomidae family.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Aug 21, 2017.