Predatory Shield Bug (Amyotea hamata)
This species varies from the previous stink bugs in that it is predatory…it doesn’t eat plants, it eats other insects. These hunters can be seen throughout the Cairns Botanical Gardens, although I don’t see them often. The maroon and yellow combination is curious!
Elongated Brown Stink Bug (Poecilometis elongatus)
Most people refer to these True Bugs as Stink Bugs, and it’s true they do fall under the so-called group of Stink Bugs. A term I grapple with as I’ve not noticed any ‘stink’ from them and I see them virtually every week on my Buggin Tours in the Cairns Botanical Gardens. In fact there is one bush where I have seen a little cluster of them living for the past five years. Five years…no stink! These seemingly plain looking bugs exhibit a beautifully coloured wing-cover embossed in reds, greens, gold and bronze. When my participants get a nice macro shot of these bugs I see their appreciation of this beauty.
Spiked Brown Shield Bug (Elasmucha salebrosa)
Another Shield Bug found exclusively in the Wet Tropics of Queensland is this lovely Shield Bug who has extreme spikes on the shoulders, which you could say have inspired the fashions of John Paul Gaultier.
Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula)
This species has been introduced to Australia and is believed to have originated from Egypt. They are considered a pest by farmers, but I do see them in the Cairns Botanic Gardens from time to time, as well as fruit trees in the Wet tropics of Queensland.
Green Grid Stink Bug (Antestiopsis cederwaldi)
A common bug that I will see often in the backyard on fruit, in bushes and on flowers all over different ecosystems. I especially like finding them on flowers or fruit for photographing them. Quite a small bug, not even reaching 1 cm, but they are very photogenic little insects.
Top to bottom: Predatory Shield Bug (Amyotea hamata), Elongated Brown Stink Bug (Poecilometis elongatus), Spiked Brown Shield Bugs (Elasmucha salebrosa), Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula) and Green Grid Stink Bug (Antestiopsis cederwaldi) sharing a fruit.