….. a strange insect …. ?

Have you ever encountered a Twig Wilter Bug? In recent years these bugs have become more common in the East London (SA) region and the one pictured below was photographed on a Gardenia species in Beacon Bay.

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What made this find more interesting was the fact that the one of the nymphs was moulting and the picture below illustrates this.

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Thousands of individuals can sometimes be observed on one plant. Caution should be noted when approaching the Twig Wilter Bug as they can spray a defensive secretion up to 15 cm.

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These pictures (top and bottom) show the insect in various stages of growth (instars) scurrying up and down a gardenia tree.

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The species has been identified as Carlisis wahlbergi. The immature stages of the bug have slits on their backs (which can be noted with the naked eye).

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