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Ant mimic hemipteran nymph

Description:

A weird little nymph with antish abdomen, shiny orange wing covers and bugish antennae. About 12mm long. It also looks very much like a bull-ant at this stage.

Habitat:

On Olearia sp. leaves in a large mixed veg nature reserve.

Notes:

Still need to check this closely.
Juan has pointed out the stabbing mouth part therefore Hemipteran nymph.
Going by the antennal segments and rounded abdomen I'm now checking Miridae nymphs.

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9 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

:)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 5 years ago

you are like a bug-paparazzi

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

C'mon Juan, I harass them, but at least I live them alive!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 5 years ago

yes, Sergio is back... I feel bad for the poor bugs near his house

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Juan for pointing out the mouth parts. I didn't even look at that yet. So obvious.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Uh oh... Sergio is back everyone.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Hmmm... it gives a new meaning to expression "butthead"!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks for the input Juan. I'm guessing a true bug.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 5 years ago

well, this is not a beetle, you can clearly see the sucking beak, so is an Hemipteran. Then, since is a nymph, you cant see the wing veins, so it wont be easy going farther on the identification

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 7, 2014

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