November 19, 2009
Thank you so much!
I have one more bug picture that I have yet to identify. I took it when I was in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. I looks like a stink bug to me, but I’ve never seen anything with the coloring and design.
Thanks again! I really appreciate your help!
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Hi again Heather,
The Bronze Orange Bug, Musgraveia sulciventris, is one of the Large Stink Bugs in the family Tessaratomidae, and it looks similar to your specimen, but your individual is more colorful. You can see pictures of the Bronze Orange Bug on saveourwaterwaysnow.com and on the Brisbane Insect Website. We are relatively certain your bug is in the same family, and perhaps the same genus, and it might even be a color variation. We located images of another member of the genus, Musgraveia antennata, but it doesn’t match either. The Illustrated Catalog of Tessaratomidae has some similar specimens, but nothing exact. There are some unpictured specimens from the genus Oncomeris, and a picture of Oncomeris flavicornis flavicornis from New Guinea that has similar legs. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us in an exact identification.
Identification Courtesy of Karl
November 19, 2009
I believe you are very close. I think the genus is indeed Oncomeris, but probably not O. flavicornis. I could find only one image of O. dilatus and it looks extremely close, but I could find virtually no information about the species to help me out. The ‘God of Insects’ site gives its range as Papua New Guinea, but this may be incomplete and northern Queensland does share much of its insect fauna with PNG. It always surprises me when there is so little information to be found for such a large and strikingly beautiful insect. Perhaps someone else can help to nail this one down. Regards.