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Plataspididae - Flores IDN Still unidentified Plataspididae nymph and imagos from Flores (IDN), Jul-Aug 2013 kindly sent to me by  Mark Schellekens.<br />
Just stumbled on the image and figured I might as well put it online ... maybe someone else sees it and comes up with an ID.<br />
(Plataspididae are sometimes referred to as Plataspidae, so I&#039;ll add that as a tag too ;o)  Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Nymph,Pentatomoidea,Plataspidae,Plataspididae Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Plataspididae - Flores IDN

Still unidentified Plataspididae nymph and imagos from Flores (IDN), Jul-Aug 2013 kindly sent to me by Mark Schellekens.
Just stumbled on the image and figured I might as well put it online ... maybe someone else sees it and comes up with an ID.
(Plataspididae are sometimes referred to as Plataspidae, so I'll add that as a tag too ;o)

    comments (11)

  1. So interesting! I've never seen shield bugs that look like this. Posted one year ago
    1. It's a separate family, known mostly from the Old World. Small globular critters - the ones in the image are maybe 3-4mm.
      We only have one species in NW-Europe, but to the south/east these become more abundant. I think there is also a few species introduced (pests) to the Nearctic.
      Posted one year ago
      1. They are awesome looking :) Posted one year ago
        1. Especially for you ;o) some other species:
          Plataspididae - Magelang Collage of horribly low quality shots, showing another species of Platispididae, with some morphological peculiarities showing  <br />
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Possibly Coptosoma variegatum ?? Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Pentatomoidea,Plataspidae,Plataspididae

          Plataspididae - Surabaya Another low quality shot of some species of Platispididae, this time from Surabaya<br />
Possibly Coptosoma variegatum ?? Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Pentatomoidea,Plataspidae,Plataspididae
          Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
          1. Yay, thanks! Posted one year ago
  2. Agree with Christine, very interesting appearance! Good thing to unlock your archive :) Posted one year ago
    1. Well, now you've gone and done it .... ;o) ... more low quality iffy shots flooding JD :-D Posted one year ago
      1. It's a great quality to be modest and self-critical, just don't expect me to agree with it. The shots are fine, and also add a lot of value, so thanks for sharing! Posted one year ago
        1. Agree with Ferdy! The shots are not bad at all. And, I love seeing the super cool stuff you share! Posted one year ago
  3. I love them too! And who would believe a little bug could be so interesting! More please! Posted one year ago
    1. These are way more interesting than you might think :o) There is a lot of current research revealing that these depend heavily on symbiotic bacteria to enable them to digest certain foodplants. Populations from different regions of the world, previously thought to be separate species, based on host plant preference proof to be genetically the same, but have just developed a symbiosis with different bacteria. This also helped in determining the origin of a species invasive to the Americas - based on the symbiotic bacteria the origin could be traced back to Japan :o) Posted one year ago

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Uploaded Jun 28, 2018.