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small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus

small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA
September 3, 2016
Size: ~ 2.5 mm
Found on top of my car, which was parked under a Peruvian Pepper tree (Schinus molle) for a few hours.
There were also eucalyptus trees in the vicinity.

This is the western-most Californian record so far, indicating that this species is indeed (well) established and spreading (rapidly).
I will notify Eric Gordon.

Images of this individual: tag all
small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus small, flat, orange-brown+gray-white double-spoon-snout Australian Bronze Bug - Thaumastocoris peregrinus

Nice spotting.
Is that first picture really the same individual as the others? Just curious...

 
All photos are indeed from the same specimen.
I found only one that day.

I did revisit the site a few days ago and parked in the same spot and upon return found two specimens on my car !
I don't know what the link is with the Peruvian Pepper tree (that is shedding blossoms like it snowed) ...

 
Bronze Bugs
Hello, can you please collect a few more? We need some for our reference collection.
Is it only in LA county or has it spread?
Julieta

 
Good morning Julieta.
I'll gladly collect specimens next time I encounter them.

Which institution are you affiliated with ?

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Nice pics + well documented. I wonder if these will soon become just as widely distributed as other Eucalypt pests in CA. I've made a map of our current understanding of its distribution: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GGJ85OV35N6BWFaK80TMyGVETIs&usp=sharing
It's probably much more widely distributed than this map suggests, but not a lot of people reporting it yet.

 
Bronze bugs
We need an update... has it spread to other counties? Can someone send specimens for our reference collection? No one seems to have officially published an article of this species in the USA. Can anyone go out collecting some specimens please?

 
Thanks for your compliments, Chris.
Excellent map you made !
That brings the locations in perspective.
And yes, it has likely spread to various locations around L.A. by now.

 
Bronze bugs
Please could you collect some more?... Pleas post more photos too! This is great material. How is the situation in 2019? Still only in LA is showing now in other counties? We need reference specimens. Can you or colleagues collect some for our museum?

Moved
Moved from Thaumastocoridae.

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