Tree bug anonymous
QFRANS J GROTIUS from Brakpan writes: I took this close-up photo of a plant and only saw the insect when I looked at the photo on my computer. It was so well camouflaged that I didn’t even see it when setting my focus. What kind of bug is it?
AEntomologist DUNCAN MACFADYEN says: This is the larva of a heteropteran, or seed bug, called Stictopleurus scutellaris, which belongs to the family Rhopalidae. Unfortunately, we know very little about this group. I spoke to leading heteropteran expert Dr Dawid Jacobs and there is literally no information available about this bug!