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Banana-spotting bug

Scientific Name
Amblypelta lutescens ssp. lutescens
Scientific Author
(Distant)
Taxonomy
(Hemiptera: Coreidae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Northern Teritory, Wildman River Cashew Plantation. 11 Oct 1989. det. M. Malipati
Source
Alice Ames Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Nymphs: First instar nymphs green with dark brown-red legs and antennae. As they develop, colour changes to an overall pink/orange with a white background.  Abdomen with two distinctive black spots marking dorsally situated external openings of odour glands. Antennal segments  flattened, especially the second last segment.

Adults:  11 - 15 mm long and greenish-yellow in colour, antennae slightly shorter than body length. Some local populations, especially those inhabiting Hibiscus tiliaceus, in coastal southern Queensland are darker with a heavy suffusion of red-brown colours through the abdomen and hemelytra. Female is stouter than  male.

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Author
Mali Malipatil
Created
24/05/2007 04:39 AEST
Last Updated
28/12/2007 07:24 AEST
Citation
Mali Malipatil (2007) Banana-spotting bug (Amblypelta lutescens ssp. lutescens) Updated on 12/28/2007 7:24:41 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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