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Schellenberg’s soldier bug - Oechalia schellenbergii (Guérin, 1831)

(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 shown  below.

BODY LENGTH: About 8 mm. COLOUR: Mostly black; thorax, wing pads with whitish outline; abdomen yellowish white with orange red tinge, 2 large black transverse plates between 2 smaller plates near midline; legs dark with broad pale middle band; antennae black, segment 2, often 3, yellowish red at tip. WING PADS pointed at tip.