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Leptocoris bugs - Family Rhopalidae

We only found one species in this family.

Red Eyes Bug - Leptocoris mitellata or Leptocoris tagalicus

This page contains pictures and information about the Red Eyes Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm

The bug has bright red eyes and red abdomen. Its thorax and front wing covers are reddish-brown in colour. Its legs and antenna are all on black.
 
 
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The bug can be found on different type of plants. They feed on both native plants and cultivated plants, including passion vines, stone fruit trees, tomatoes and other vegetables.
 
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This bug is common in Brisbane garden and backyards. They suck nap juices from the plants. Usually they do not do noticeable harm to the host plant.
 
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The bugs also feed on flowers. 
 
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Those bugs can also be found on the ground. They run fast with their long legs..
 
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Nymph body length12mm, 15mm
 
The nymph looks similar to the adult bugs except their wings are not fully developed. We found a number on them, including nymphs and adults, on the Lantana plants during early summer. When disturbed they hide on the other side of the leaf. 
 
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Reference:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 504.
2. Plant bugs, Prime Facts - by Dr Murray Fletcher, 2007, www.dpi.gov.au 
3. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - New edition, Published by Queensland Museum 2007, p121.
4. Leptocoris mitellata Bergroth - Australian Insect Common Names, 2005, CSIRO.
5. RHOPALIDAE Scentless Plant Bugs - SOWN, Save Our Waterways Now, 2008.

 

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Last updated: June 07, 2008.