Shield Bug

Scientific Name: alcaeus varicornis

Other Common Names: Ground Beetle

Species documented in 1837 by Westwood.


This shield bug (or stink bug) is one of only four species found in Australia. They have a mottled brown body, and legs and antennae are a mottled dark brown. Their body is uniformly punctate. They can range from around 6 to 15 mm in size.



This species has been noted to favour plants such as the Acacia longifolia sophorae, Acacia stenophylla and Exocarpos aphyllus (Cassis & Gross, 2002).

It is found in northern New South Wales (Nandewarand Queensland.



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Cassis, G. and G. F. Gross. 2002. Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha). In: Houston, W. W. K. and A. Wells (eds.), Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 27.3B. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. xiv + 737 pp.

Cassis, G. Betts, E. Elliot, M. 2002. Alcaeus, Australian Museum. Available from: <> [Accessed 3rd February 2007]

10th September 2003, Nandewar Invertebrate Survey, Australian Museum. Available from <> [Accessed 3rd February 2007]