Eucalyptus Tip Wilter Nymph from Australia

Good morning,

One of Riverdale Primary Schools students is very keen to identify this insect found in Salisbury Downs South Australia. Unfortunately, we only have one photo but would like to encourage this budding etymologist. If you zoom in you can see that it is blue, orange and yellow, quite an impressive little insect.

We would appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you, 

Melissa M
Deputy Principal 
Riverdale Primary School

Dear Melissa,

We really encourage our readers to explore etymology, the study of words, as well as to explore entomology, the study of insects.  This is an immature Coreid Bug in the Family Coreidae, and it appears based on the Brisbane Insect website (https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_coreidbugs/Amorbini.htm) that it is an immature Eucalyptus Tip-Wilter, Amorbus alternatus.  
According to the site:  “Nymphs are more colourful, yellow-pink in colour with bright blue patterns. They feed on gum tree, suck sap on the leaves and young shoots.” Thank you for what you are doing to further the education of others.

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