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Species Cuspicona simplex Walker, 1867

Green Potato Bug



Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

QLD—Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mt Tamborine, Stanthorpe, NSW—Menai, Newcastle, Sydney, Wentworth, ACT—Canberra, VIC—Echuca, Melbourne, TAS—Hobart, SA—Adelaide, Bridgewater, Fulham, Hallet Cove, Mitcham, Underdale; New Zealand records from Kermadec lls, Main Ils and Three Kings Ils.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Other Regions

Lord Howe Island terrestrial & freshwater

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, closed forest, herbivore (associated flora: Solanum hermanni Dunal [SOLANACEAE] Apple Of Sodom; Solanum nigrum L. [SOLANACEAE] Deadly Nightshade; Solanum aviculare G.Forst. [SOLANACEAE] Kangaroo Apple; Solanum tuberosum L. [SOLANACEAE] Potato; Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. [SOLANACEAE] Tomato; Solanum mauritianum Scop. [SOLANACEAE] Wild Tobacco Tree; Solanum hispidum Pers. [SOLANACEAE]), sap-feeder, subtropical, temperate, terrestrial, tropical, volant.

Extra Ecological Information

Parasitised by Alophora sp. (Diptera: Tachinidae) and Aridelus sp. (Hymenoptera: Tachinidae).


General References

Coombs, M. & Khan, S.A. 1997. New host/parasitoid records for Australian Pentatomidae, Tachinidae and Braconidae. Australian Entomologist 24(2): 61-64 (parasitism)

Eyles, A.C. 1960. Insects associated with the major fodder crops in the North Island. II. Hemiptera. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 3: 994-1008 [1004] (biology, New Zealand)

Froggatt, W.W. 1907. Australian Insects. Sydney : W. Brooks & Co. xiv 449 pp., 37 pls. [Date published April 11, 1907] [329, pl. 31 fig. 8] (description, habitus)

Gross, G.F. 1975. A revision of the Pentatomidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) of the Rhynchocoris group from Australia and adjacent areas. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 17: 51-167 [140, fig. 49] (description)

Gross, G.F. 1976. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera. Adelaide : A.B. James Vol. 2 251-501 pp. [481, fig. 220] (description)

Kirkaldy, G.W. 1909. Catalogue of the Hemiptera (Heteroptera) with biological and anatomical references, lists of foodplants and parasites, etc. Prefaced by a discussion on nomenclature, and an analytical table of families. Cimicidae. Berlin : Felix L. Dames Vol. 1 xl 392 pp. [142] (catalogue)

Larivière, M.-C. 1995. Cydnidae, Acanthosomatidae, and Pentatomidae (Insecta: Heteroptera): systematics, geographical distribution, and bioecology. Fauna of New Zealand 35: 1-119 [48] (description, biology)

Lethierry, L. & Severin, G. 1893. Catalogue Général des Hémiptères. Tome I. Hétéroptères Pentatomidae. Bruxelles : F. Hayez xi 286 pp. [180] (catalogue)

McDonald, F.J.D. & Grigg, J. 1980. The life cycle of Cuspicona simplex Walker and Monteithiella humeralis (Walker) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). General and Applied Entomology 12: 61-71 [61-66] (life cycle, instars)

Panizzi, A.R., McPherson, J.E., James, D.G., Javahery, M. & McPherson, R.M. 2000. Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae). pp. 421-474 in Schaefer, C.W. & Panizzi, A.R. (eds). Heteroptera of Economic Importance. Boca Raton : CRC Press 828 pp. [451] (bionomics)

Ramsay, G.W. 1963. Predaceous shield-bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 3: 3-6 1 pl. 1 [5] (biology)

Spiller, D. & Turbott, E.G. 1944. The occurrence of some Australian insects and a spider in New Zealand. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum 3: 79-83 [79] (New Zealand)

Tryon, H. 1889. Report on Insect and Fungus Pests. No. 1. Brisbane : Department of Agriculture 238 pp. [189] (misidentification as Cuspicona virescens)

Woodward, T.E. 1953. The Heteroptera of New Zealand Part I—Introduction; Cydnidae; Pentatomidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 80: 299-321 [314, 320] (New Zealand)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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06-Nov-2013 Pentatominae 06-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
15-Aug-2012 06-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
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