Giant Shield Bug from Macedonia

what that bug?
March 15, 2010
my friend found this under her window
skopje, macedonia

Giant Shield Bug

Dear none,
This is a Giant Shield Bug nymph from the family Tessaratomidae.  We located a similar image on TrekNature, possibly from Thailand, that was only identified to the family level.  We could not locate an exact match on the Illustrated Catalog of Tessaratomidae website.  Most species from this family are found in Southeast Asia and China, so we thought this would not  be a difficult species identification, but we are having difficulty.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

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