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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. <br />
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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.<br />
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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

    comments (7)

  1. The blue shimmer is incredible! Posted 10 months ago
  2. Magnificent colours! Posted 10 months ago
  3. Certainly not camouflage. Beautiful bug. Posted 10 months ago
  4. A jewel! So beautiful! Posted 10 months ago
  5. That is just stunning! Posted 10 months ago
  6. Wonderful Ruth Posted 10 months ago
  7. Gorgeous! Like the yellow leaf as back drop and the thumbs up design on the middle of its' back Posted 10 months ago

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"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.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 27, 2021. Captured Nov 24, 2021 08:12 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm