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Hibiscus Harlequin Bug

Tectocoris diophthalmus


Orange with black patterns. Probably around 2 cm in length (0.78 inches)


Was looking at some bees gathering nectar on a sunflower in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney last week when I noticed this beautiful bug on one of the Sun flowers leaves

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JamesPriest2 6 years ago

Won't allow me to edit at the moment for some reason?

JamesPriest2 6 years ago

Thank you Neil for the ID. I will update it. It basically looked the way it is in the photo. The darker pattern may have been iridescent, but the orange stayed the same whatever angle you looked at . I've used the Brisbaneinsects page, but am not always able to find things on it. :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

For some reason I can't add in the ID suggestion section. Regardless, here's an ID suggestion for you, James. This is a Cotton Harlequin Bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus). Nicely spotted. I've never seen one of these. Do you recall if it had that really iridescent sheen to it? Brisbane Insects is a really handy site for all Aussie insects.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Aug 17, 2017
Submitted on Aug 20, 2017

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