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Darth Maul Bug

Spilostethus hospes


The Darth Maul Bug, aka Large Milkweed Bug, is a member of the family Lygaeidae. The red and black patterns on the back is a warning to would-be predators that it is toxic. However, the patterns can be vary quite a bit in different individuals. My first encounter with this species of insect, and I think it's pretty cool. It has a really 'tribal' appearance.


This particular individual was spotted on a Wild Gooseberry plant (Physalis angulata) -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 26, 2014
Submitted on Feb 26, 2014

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