Orange Black Stink Bug


Green Potato Bug - Cuspicona simplex

Family Pentatomidae

This page contains pictures and information about Green Potato Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 12mm
The bug is bright green in colour. Its head is round apically. On the shoulder there is the small black tipped spine. The bugs feed on solanaceous plants especially the genus Solanum, which includes potatoes, tomatoes and wild tobacco. 
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The bugs were found on the weedy plant Solanacea (nightshades). 
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Some of them were found on Wild Tobacco Solanum mauritianum. This bug also feeds on tomatoes and potatoes but unlike the Green Vegetable Bug, it is not considered as serious pest.


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3rd instars 
The photo shows a Green Potato Bug nymph and a ladybird beetle. 

1. Stink Bugs of Australia - FaunaKeys,  Australian Museum online 2003.
2. Cuspicona Dallas, 1851 - by Gerry Cassis, Emma Betts and Michael Elliott, Stink Bugs, Fauna Net, Australian Museum 2002 
3. Cuspicona simplex Walker, 1867 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia 2005. 
4. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera-Part II - Gross, G.F. (1976). Adelaide: A.B. James, p481.   

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