Hibiscus harlequin bug
These true bugs with sucking and piercing mouth parts are a common sight in this location. Singularly, or in large groupings, which is quite a sight to behold given the beautiful colours and patterns.
Native to the east of this country. They feed on many species belonging to the family Malvaceae, including hibiscus species and cotton. The males and females are different colours, with the females mostly orange and the males mostly blue/green-red.
20 mm body length
"Tectocoris diophthalmus" is a brightly coloured convex and rounded shield-shaped bug with a metallic sheen that grows to about 20 mm. Adult females are mostly orange and males are both blue and red or orange. The colours are quite variable. It lives in Northern and Eastern Australia, New Guinea and several Pacific Islands in habitats ranging from urban to agricultural and coastal areas.