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Crusader bug nymph

Mictis profana

Description:

5mm in length, 2nd instar nymph. Black with yellow areas at body end of rear, middle legs and near ends of long antennae. White dot design dorsal abdomen. Red eyes.

Habitat:

Distribution in Australia, Indonesia, and the Indo-Pacific.The insect can be seen in most habitat types except for desert, from urban areas to the coastal heath.

Notes:

Recorded feeding on a variety of native and introduced plants such as eucalyptus, wattle and orchard trees such as citrus. Also cultivated crops including grape, pawpaw, tomato and beans.

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4 Comments

Jan Cuales
Jan Cuales 10 months ago

this is beautiful!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

Congratulations on your SOTD, Ruth. This is a beauty. Good info too.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

Super shot Ruth. Congratulations.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 10 months ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations Ruth!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 months ago

Congratulations Ruth, this tiny nymph with a lot of personality is our Spotting of the Day:

''With rather oversized antennae at this developmental stage, a little Crusader bug nymph (Mictis profana, 2nd instar) is our Spotting of the Day! The Crusader bug (family Coreidae) takes its name from the diagonal pale-yellow cross formed by its closed hemelytra (adult stage). Crusader bugs have five larval instars, and feed on shoot tips of Acacia and other plants, piercing and sucking sap with their mouthparts".

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NSW, Australia

Lat: -32.96, Long: 151.74

Spotted on Dec 5, 2017
Submitted on Dec 6, 2017

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