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Brown soldier bug - Cermatulus nasalis (Westwood, 1837)

(Native to New Zealand)

NYMPH: Main diagnostic characters

Immature stink bugs or nymphs moult through five stages (instars) before becoming adults; the fifth stage or last instar nymph is documented below.

BODY LENGTH: About 9 mm. COLOUR: Mostly black; thorax, wing pads with whitish outline; abdomen pale with black dots/marks, 2 large transverse black plates between a thin, broad plate and a small narrow plate near midline; legs dark with broad pale middle band; segments 1 and 4 of antennae black, segments 2-3 partly brownish yellow. WING PADS rounded at tip.