Tag Archives: Hemiptera

Harlequin Bugs That Crossed Our Path – Literally!

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Choerocoris paganus aka Red Jewel Bug
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthopoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Scutelleridae
Montacute Conservation Park, South Australia – November 15th, 2014 – on ground, mating, overcast conditions

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

I didn’t recognize them from the ID shots on the net – Most people pump the colours and brightness to make them psychedelic and bright, but they are quite deep in colours in real life – I have tried to represent them as authentically as I can. They are a type of Stink Bug or Shield Bug and they use their rostrum, an extended, segmented mouth structure, to suck the sap of plant species, including Dodonaea.

Leafhoppers In A Mount Barker Garden: 3

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Psammotettix lividellus aka Grey Leafhopper (?)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
Superfamily: Membracoidea
Family: Cicadellidae
Mount Barker – November 27th, 2014 – on garden plants on private property of mixed and native species

This may not be a native species – If the ID needs revision, please let me know

Leafhoppers In a Mount Barker Garden: 1

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Orosius orientalis aka Common Brown Leafhopper
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Superfamily: Membracoidea
Family: Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Deltocephalinae
Mount Barker – November 27th, 2014 – on garden plants on private property of mixed and native species

This species is one of the most widespread and common Leafhoppers in Australia – It spreads many diseases to commercial crops and causes much commercial damage as a result – This specimen was very small, about 2mm long!

A Delicate Damsel Bug Is An Effective Predator

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Nabis capsiformis aka Pale Damsel Bug (?)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Nabidae
Mount Barker – November 24th, 2014 – on garden plants on private property of mixed and native species

Photos: Karin Dawson

This group resemble Assassin Bugs, but are smaller and more slender. They are predators and keep their rostrum, a segmented, proboscis-like mouth with a long tube, under their body, and extend it to spear prey and suck out their innards like a milkshake through a straw – Many species hold their prey like Mantids – This species may be an introduced one.

Please notify me if the ID is inaccurate.