Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Beetle



Beetle 1
Beetle 1  
Can you please identify?


Thank you for including images with your question.

I am an authority only on NORTH AMERICAN insects, but I *can* tell you that this is not a beetle.  It is a "true bug" of some sort, order Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera.  Here in the U.S. it would be some kind of stink bug, family Pentatomidae, but there are probably additional, related families down there in Australia.

Rarely are stink bugs pests of any sort, but they do have glands that emit a pungent gas if you handle them.

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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