Jewel Bug

Little ‘jewels’.  Flashy, shiny and metallic.

  • Jewel bugs are also known as metallic shield bugs.
  • Jewel bugs are from the ‘Scutelleridae’ family, which are true bugs that have mouths that suck, rather than beetles that have mouths that chomp.
  • The jewel bug’s diet consists of plant juices.
  • When jewel bug’s feed, they alter the plant by injecting an enzyme from their saliva into the plant matter, which turns the plant into a liquid state.
  • Jewel bugs are related to stink bugs, as they can produce a smell when they are irritated.

Jewel Bug, Armor, Metallic, Orange, Red, Blue, Green, Australia, Queensland, Ten Random Facts

  • There are approximately 450 species of jewel bugs around the world.
  • Jewel bugs can range from 5 mm to 2 cm (0.2 to 0.79 inches) in length.
  • Jewel bugs come in a range of colours including metallic or iridescent blue, red, orange, black and green.
  • Jewel bugs lay white, cylindrical shaped eggs.
  • Jewel bugs moult, which is when they shed their exoskeleton to grow bigger.
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2 Responses to Jewel Bug

  1. Val Laird says:

    Did you take the photo?

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