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gum tree stink bug

gun tree stink bug eucalyptus stink beetle on brown leaf

Eucalyt shield beetle IMG 4195A - These insects, which live on the trunks of eucalyptus trees, suck the sap from their hosts. They are also known as 'eucalypt shield bugs', but are most commonly referred to as 'stink bugs' due to the fact that they emit a foul smelling liquid as a defensive mechanism to protect themselves from predators. The insect pictured a tiny nymph that has just hatched from a silvery egg.

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