Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Does anyone know what this strange insect is?

 Does anyone know what this strange insect is?
STOMPer Botanist chanced upon this queer looking insect during his walk at the Bukit Batok Nature Park and wonders if anybody can enlighten him on what it is.

In his email to us today (Dec 30), the STOMPer describes the insect:

"It has a green and brown body with stripes of yellow and black around the edges.

"It also has two conspicuous eyes and a pair of antennaes.

"I wonder if any STOMPer can identify this insect as I am not an entomologist?"

It's a species of shield bug (Pentatomoidea), although I'm unable to identify the exact species shown in the photo.

Shield bugs are commonly known as stink bugs, as many species are known to exude a foul-smelling liquid when disturbed, probably as a means of deterring predators.


Audrey Wong said...

Hi, I've encountered this insect before at Kent Ridge during my mini research project but I was unable to identify it too and passed it to Miss Lua from RMBR. She told me too that it's a Pentatomoidae but ew could not identify further. So if you really want to know more, you can contact her. She might have identified it?

Ivan said...

Audrey: Thanks for the info! Yes, I'll ask the RMBR if they could help me identify it.