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Alice Springs InsectsAlice Springs Green Blowfly Ants (Formicidae) Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Eucalyptus Tip-wilting Bug Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus) Ippatha australiensis Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Soapberry Bugs, Leptocoris sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Spilostethus sp Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris

The Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus) is also known as Red Jewel Bug, and is a species of “true bug”.

This insect is a shiny, small bug, is often deep blue with areas of crimson blotched with blue on scutellum covering the abdomen, with the entire body surface pitted. The antennae filamentous, with a body length of 1 cm. The Choerocoris paganus pictured here is orange-red in colour with dark black-blue patches.

The adults and nymphs feed primarily on the sappy contents of seeds of the hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa), as pictured here in Alice Springs. The nymphs are gregarious, and will form mixed-size ‘crèches’ that are loosely tended by adults.

Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT
Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus), Alice Springs NT

See our page on the Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus) at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and the Ground Shield Bug feeding on Dodonaea microzyga at the Alice Springs Desert Park.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Suborder: Heteroptera
  • Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
  • Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
  • Family: Scutelleridae
  • Subfamily: Scutellerinae
  • Genus: Choerocoris
  • Species: Choerocoris paganus

Footnote & References

  1. Choerocoris paganus (Fabricius, 1775), Ground Shield Bug, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/54d8a8b2-debc-40ef-b934-129951b15d81

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