Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Big spectacular bug

This large colourful bug was recently handed in to us. It is quite striking in appearance and measures 41mm in length. This is first encounter we have had with this species, so intially we were at a loss to its identity. It is a male; male sucking bugs in this group have robust hind legs quite 'muscular' in appearance. We have since had it identified as Oncomeris sp. possibly O.flavicornis, a species which ranges up to PNG. This individual was found on Omalanthus, but it showed no interest in this plant while in captivity, so perhaps it had just landed on the plant by chance.

A close-up of the rear of the bug, the wings have incredible colour and detail.

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