Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sweetpotato bug (Physomerus grossipes), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This bug certainly is a pest for agricultural plants. Its common name is Sweetpotato bug or Large spine-footed bug  (Physomerus grossipes).



It has orange and dark grey at the upper side of its body. The femur of the third leg is enlarged. The total body length about 25 to 30 mm. This bug is from the family of Coreidae under genus of Physomerus

Taxonomy:
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Hemiptera - True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies
Suborder : Heteroptera - True Bugs
Superfamily : Coreoidea
Family : Coreidae - Leaf-footed Bugs
Genus : Physomerus
species : Physomerus grossipes (Fabricius, 1781)

References:
http://coreoidea.speciesfile.org/
http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/sweetpotato


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