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What's this insect?

Post by hhinner » Mon May 08, 2017 7:02 pm

My wife discovered a horde of these insects circling on the sandwash around one of her trees. She thinks they were eating new leaf buds on the tree so they had to be eliminated. I'm just curious as to what they are. Some sort of shield bug? I couldn't easily find anything like it on the web. Does anybody know? Any danger of infestation?

The pic was taken using flash as it was getting dark at the time, so colours may not be natural.

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Re: What's this insect?

Post by Big Boy » Mon May 08, 2017 7:13 pm

My wife said a HUGE Thai word, that I won't even try to put into English. She then went on to say they give you a very nasty bite as they bite first, then urinate into the wound, which results in a huge swelling.

Personally, I've no idea if she's on a wind up or not.
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Re: What's this insect?

Post by Nereus » Mon May 08, 2017 7:42 pm

It may be a "stink bug":

https://www.orkin.com/other/stink-bugs/

Halyomorpha halys

http://pestworldforkids.org/pest-guide/stink-bugs/
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Re: What's this insect?

Post by Big Boy » Mon May 08, 2017 7:58 pm

I still haven't a clue, but Mrs BB says that's a Maeng Baw. Same bite/peeing traits etc, but different insect.
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Re: What's this insect?

Post by hhinner » Mon May 08, 2017 10:13 pm

Thanks Nereus. Yeah, I see that another name for shield bug is stink bug. So probably same family of bugs as Mrs BB's Maeng Baw. Not so brightly coloured though. Cheers.

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Re: What's this insect?

Post by pharvey » Tue May 09, 2017 4:13 pm

Big Boy wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 7:13 pm
they give you a very nasty bite as they bite first, then urinate into the wound, which results in a huge swelling.
A common trate in parts of St Pauls, Bristol and Tonypandy, Wales I hear! :wink:

Sorry - bad joke.... :oops:

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Seriously though, I'm sure I've seen similar markings on beetles whilst out in Africa and they are nasty buggers. A very painful bite and an acidic "spray" (possibly pee). Take the safe option and get someone in to get rid of them.

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