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Shieldbug - Homaemus proteus

Shieldbug - Homaemus proteus
Triunfo Creek Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 23, 2015
Awesome looking bug, must be Scutellaridae I suppose?

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Moved
Moved from Pachycorinae.

very nice series
one horrible thing about this subfamily is that members of different genera produce very similar, tantalizingly "distinctive," color forms

Moved from ID Request.

 
Looks like ones with these markings end up as Homaeleus proteus
I have never thought to photograph ventral side of these before. I have some pics showing part of the underside, do you know what details need to be seen?

 
Joe Eger says, "Possibly Homaemus proteus, but...
"...need to see the scent canal."

 
the important parts...
...are usually the osteolar area (the scent gland outlet) and the bucculae (crests on the underside of head that flank the furrow where the resting proboscis goes)
not sure what is critical in this case, but suspect the latter

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