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Commius elegans

4 Cherry Ballart Shield Bug at Piney Ridge

Commius elegans at Piney Ridge - 19 May 2021
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Identification history

Commius elegans 25 May 2021 MichaelMulvaney
Commius elegans 25 May 2021 Alice

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Significant sighting

2 Jun 2021

This is a massive aggregation of the Cherry Ballart Shield Bug

Author's notes

large clusters on one of many scattered Native Cherry trees

4 comments

   25 May 2021
Wow that is a massive infestation - never seen anything like this before
Alice wrote:
   26 May 2021
I have a bit of video of them moving around within the swarm. The tree was festooned with these bugs! An amazing sight.
KimPullen wrote:
   2 Jun 2021
Phenomenal! The biggest gathering of these that I've seen was only a dozen or so, and that was decades ago.
Jean wrote:
   2 Jun 2021
Also seen were more Shield bugs climbing up the smooth trunks of nearby gum trees.

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Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Piney Ridge - 28 Oct 2020 by Kurt
Hylacola pyrrhopygia (Chestnut-rumped Heathwren) at Piney Ridge - 23 Aug 2020 by patrickcox
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Piney Ridge - 12 Aug 2020 by Christine
Urodacus manicatus (Black Rock Scorpion) at Piney Ridge - 15 Mar 2020 by Kurt
Grammodes oculicola (Smalleyed Box-Owlet) at Piney Ridge - 15 Mar 2020 by Kurt
Goodenia hederacea subsp. hederacea (Ivy Goodenia, Forest Goodenia) at Piney Ridge - 11 Nov 2019 by AaronClausen
Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner) at Piney Ridge - 28 Sep 2019 by Christine
Bovista (A puffball) at Piney Ridge - 28 Sep 2019 by AaronClausen
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at Piney Ridge - 17 Aug 2019 by rawshorty
Servaea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Servaea jumping spider) at Piney Ridge - 17 Aug 2019 by rawshorty
Pergagrapta polita (Sawfly) at Piney Ridge - 10 Mar 2019 by danswell
Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus (Crescent Honeyeater) at Piney Ridge - 23 Jul 2018 by Christine
Zodariidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Ant spider or Spotted ground spider) at Piney Ridge - 21 Oct 2017 by Christine
Austroscolia soror (Blue-winged flower wasp) at Piney Ridge - 4 Oct 2017 by Christine

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 19 May 2021 09:57 AM Recorded on
  • Alice Recorded by

Additional information

  • Exocarpos cupressiformis (Cherry Ballart, Native Cherry) Associated plant
  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size

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