Colourful Cotton Harlequin
A male, showing off his beautiful, bright metallic colours and markings. These true bugs feed on plants in family Malvaceae including hibiscus and cotton. Both adults and nymphs suck sap from host plants. They feed mostly on young shoots, piercing the stems and sucking the sugar-rich juices intended for shoot growth. 15 mm length.
''Tectocoris diophthalmus'', commonly known as the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug or Cotton Harlequin Bug, 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.
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