Subject: Beetles in New South Wales
Location: Royal National Park, NSW, Australia
December 20, 2012 7:12 am
When walking a couple of days ago in rainforest near the coast in the Royal National Park (close to Sydney) this December I saw these fantastic looking beetles. I’ve never seen anything like them before.
Do you have any idea what they are?? Hope you can help! Thanks.
These are not beetles. They are Metallic Jewel Bugs, Scutiphora pedicellata, and they are True Bugs in the Shield Bug family Scutelleridae. You can find additional photos and information on the Brisbane Insect Website. A similar aggregation is pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website, and this information is provided: “On mid summer Dec 2008, Tracey in Sydney sent us the above photos and concerned about so many of those bugs on exposed roots and trunk of tree in her backyard. We know that for some insects, includes some shield bugs, females use Pheromone to attract males. Sometimes a number of males detect the smell of females and gather together around them. We never saw so many Metallic Jewel Bugs in one place and do not know why they were there.” We thought we had representatives of this species in our archive, but we cannot locate any.
Since we don’t seem to have any other images in our archives, we are moving in as close as possible in magnification to the one attached photo.
That’s really interesting. Thanks so much.