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Fruit-spotting Bug - Amblypelta lutescens or A. nitida

Family Coreidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Fruit-spotting Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 20mm
 
The bug has pale green body and legs. Its thorax and front wing covers are pale-brown in colour. Its legs and antenna are brown in colour with a bright yellow segments near the tips. As their name imply, they are the pest of fruit farming.
 
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We only saw those bugs a few times from late summer to early winter. We found them on Hibiscus plants and other plants. 
 
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2nd or 3rd instars, body length 8mm 
 
We find this small bug nymph waving its very large pair of antenna on the Hibiscus Plant in our backyard during late summer.
 
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4th and 5th instars, body length 12mm, 15mm
 
The last instars looks similar to the adult bugs except their wings are not fully developed. We found a number on them, nymphs and adults, on the same plant early winter. When disturbed they hide on the other side of the leaf.
 
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5th instars, body length 15mm 
 

Reference:
1. Coreidae: Amblypelta lutescens Distant  -  banana spotting bug  - ICDB, Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2006.
2. Plant Bugs - Dr Murray Fletcher, PRIMEFACT 508, NSW DPI, May 2007.

 

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Last updated: August 28, 2009.