Spotted Shield Bug from Costa Rica

Subject: Cool Costa Rican Beetle
Location: Santa Elena, Costa Rica
February 25, 2015 7:59 am
We found this beetle at high elevations in Costa Rica (Santa Elena/Monteverde in February) I’ve looked around and can’t seem to find a picture to identify it. Can you help? It was found on a fence between cleared farmland and forest near an ant trail.
Signature: C Avilez

Spotted Shield Bug
Spotted Shield Bug

Dear C Avilez,
This is not a Beetle.  We quickly identified this Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae as a Spotted Shield Bug,
Pachycoris torridus, thanks an image on FlickR.  Some of the variations in markings and coloration are pictured on Neotropical Entomology.

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