Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

Ant-mimicking Seed Bug I
Ant-mimicking Seed Bug II
Brown Seed Bug
Black and White Seed Bug 

Ant-mimicking Seed Bug II - Daerlac sp.

Family Rhyparochromidae

This page contains pictures and information about Ant-mimicking Seed Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 10mm
The nymphs were found on grass seeds.
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This bug species in ant-mimicking. Ants are the most abundant group of insects and have powerful defence mechanisms such as acid taste, aggressive biting, painful sting, and group defence. Ants are generally not subject to predation. They are the ideal models in mimicry rings. Many insects and spiders have different ways to resemble ants. This is known as Myrmecomorphy.

1. Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (Brisbane City) - Dr John Stanisic, Queensland Museum, 2005, page 61,63.
2. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 501.
3. Family RHYPAROCHROMIDAE - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 
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Last updated: February 12, 2012.