Here’s another bug found by Liam on the Larapinta Trail, west of Alice Springs. According to the SA Museum, it’s a stink bug, Poecilometis nigriventis superbus.
The Queensland Museum says:
Both the adults and nymphs of stink bugs secrete a corrosive, smelly substance as a chemical defence against predators. This fluid has a repulsive smell and can be very painful if it gets in your eyes. If this does happen, wash your eyes with copious amounts of water or saline solution. There are more than 550 Australian species of stink and shield bugs, most in the Family Pentatomidae.
If you, like me, have ever been squirted in the eye by an orange citrus bug, you will agree that it is very painful.
There are no occurrence records of this one at the Atlas of Living Australia, so I might just have to add it there. It’s something anyone can do, so get out there, amateur naturalists of Australia, take photos and add to this citizen science website!