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Alice Springs True Bugs (Heteroptera)Eucalyptus Tip-wilting Bug Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus) Ippatha australiensis Poecilometis patruelis (Shield Bug) Soapberry Bugs, Leptocoris sp Spilostethus sp Water Scorpion

Poecilometis patruelis, known as the Common Gum Tree Shield Bug and the Eucalypt Shield Bug, are in the family Pentatomidae (a group known as Stink Bugs). Found across Australia, many species from this group look similar.

Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT

They have a needle-like mouth part that is used sucking the juices from plants, in particular they are commonly associated with eucalypts on which they feed.

The female Poecilometis patruelis lay their eggs under the loose bar of gum strees. When the nymph emerges from the eggs, they are black and white in colour. Their antennae have alternate pale yellow/white bands. The final adult stage they may appear a lighter brown, before darken in colour.

Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Suborder: Heteroptera
  • Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
  • Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
  • Family: Pentatomidae
  • Subfamily: Pentatominae
  • Tribe: Halyini
  • Genus: Poecilometis
  • Species: Poecilometis patruelis
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT
Common Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis patruelis), Alice Springs NT

Footnote & References

  1. Poecilometis patruelis Stål, 1860, Shield Bug, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/9747568a-90d7-45f8-a850-d9a23f1aa724
  2. Poecilometis Patruelis and Allies (P. Apicalis / P. Punctiventris) Complex Poecilometis patruelis), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/1429484-Poecilometis-patruelis
  3. Common Gum Tree Shield Bug – Poecilometis patruelis (Eumecopus patruelis), Brisbane Insects and Spiders Home Page, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_stinkbugs/GumTreeBug.htm

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