Jewel Bugs from Singapore might be Mangrove Stink Bugs

Bugs found in the Mangrove
Location: Singapore
April 2, 2011 4:24 am
Hi bugman,
These are found feeding on the leaves of a mangrove tree. Found them while walking in the mangrove reserves. I would like to seek your help in identifying them. My gut feeling is that they are stink bugs.
Signature: Cheers, Vincent

Jewel Bugs

Hi Vincent,
In our opinion, these are Shield Bugs in the family Scutelleridae, which are very closely related to Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae.  Many Shield Bugs are brightly colored in metallic hues, and they are commonly called Jewel Bugs.  We posted this species once before, and we never got a conclusive species ID, so we will try harder with your request.  We found a photo identified as
Calliphara nobilis that is a perfect match, and then found a Mangrove Stink Bug page on Wild Singapore that identifies the family as Pentatomidae.  Though we like the common name Mangrove Stink Bug, we still believe the family to be Scutelleridae.  We need a real expert to solve this discrepancy.  The Tide Chaser Blog agrees with us, but you must scroll way down the page to see the image.

Leave a Comment