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.
- 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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