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Cotton Harlequin Bug

Tectocoris diophthalmus

Description:

Length about 15 mm. The body is rounded and convex. Its colour varies, from pale orange to heavily patterned with metallic green, blue and red

Notes:

Females lay clusters of eggs around twigs and guard them until they hatch. The nymphs are often a different colour to the adults. The Hibiscus Harlequin Bug is found in coastal dunes, rainforest, open forest and gardens in northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea and some Pacific islands. The Hibiscus Harlequin Bug sucks sap from hibiscus plants, bottle trees and related species. Its main foodplant is the native Beach Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus). It is also a minor pest of cultivated cotton, a member of the hibiscus family Malvaceae, leading to its other common name, the Cotton Harlequin Bug.

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65 Comments (1–25)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Thanks underawood

underawood
underawood 6 years ago

A fabulous bug, gorgeous colours, and an amazing picture.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Thanks katelew02

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Awesome bug

katelew02
katelew02 6 years ago

Wow

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

'Floored' is the word that this spotting extracts from some one!

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 8 years ago

loving the colors. nature is beautiful

Subin S
Subin S 8 years ago

So Colourful!!

JenKnight
JenKnight 8 years ago

groovy!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Ardasha B S

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Omg! So much colorful and shiny!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks EnvUnlimited

an_aikido
an_aikido 8 years ago

Such an epitome of beauty it is! Wow!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks KrantiAzad

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 8 years ago

awesome !

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Tom15

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Wow, great colors and nice photo!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Luca

LucaFele
LucaFele 8 years ago

Incredible colors, compliments!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Evelyn

EvelynWilson
EvelynWilson 8 years ago

Oh those colors are so beautiful! Beautiful, beautiful. Need to find something that stunning here in the desert!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Antisa

Antlisa
Antlisa 8 years ago

That is beautiful.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Khathoub

MacChristiansen
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MacChristiansen

Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on May 16, 2012
Submitted on May 16, 2012

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