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  Gum Tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis ellipticus)





Gum Tree Shield Bug | Poecilometis ellipticus photo
adult Gum Tree Shield Bug

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Gum Tree Shield Bug | Poecilometis ellipticus photo
Gum Tree Shield Bug nymph - last instar

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Gum Tree Shield Bug | Poecilometis ellipticus photo
Gum Tree Shield Bug on bottlebrush shrub

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GUM TREE SHIELD BUG FACTS

Identification
The Gum Tree Shield Bug has a brown, grey and black pattern. It is known as a stink bug as it produces a foul smelling liquid. The antenna are yellow with dark end. The protective back shield has a write tip.

Size
15mm

Habitat
trunk of gum trees

Food
Gum Tree Shield Bugs suck sap from gum tree bark

Breeding
eggs laid under loose bark of gum tree



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Pentatomidae
Genus:Poecilometis
Species:ellipticus
Common Name:Gum Tree Shield Bug