What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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These bugs strongly resemble beetles, being ovoid, dorsally convex (arched) and often shiny.

The plataspids are plant feeders though little is known of the biology of the Australian species. Host data is available for one species, Coptosoma aciculata , which has been recorded from the legume Desmodium latifolium . Most foreign plataspids are also known from legumes.


The Australian plataspid fauna is composed of 2 genera and 19 species. The genus Brachyplatys contains 3 species, 2 of which are found in north-east Queensland. The genus Coptosoma contains the remaining 16 species most of which are also found in north-east Queensland.

  • Plataspidae (Heteroptera)

  • shiny bug