Australian Stink Bug Nymph or Jewel Bug

What’s this bug?
Merry Xmas!
Just wondered if you could identify this beetle seen a month ago in the Royal National Park just south of Sydney. Is it a Jewel Beetle? Many thanks for any help you can offer. Best regards
Jon Cornish

Hi Jon,
This in not a Beetle. It is a Hemipteran in the family Pentatomidae, the Stink Bugs. It is an immature specimen which makes species identification more difficult. Many Stink Bugs have bright metallic coloration and we found a page that identifies a similar looking specimen as being in the family Scutelleridae which are called Jewel Bugs in Australia.

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