Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

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

Orange Milkweed Bug - Spilostethus cardinalis

Family Lygaeidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Orange Milkweed Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm
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Found this bug once on 2002. This could be just a colour variation of the other Milkweed Bug species.  

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p502, Plate 3W.
2. Specimen Image Index - Insect Reference Collection Database - ICDB, Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2006.
3. A taxonomic revision of the Lygaeinae of Australia (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) - Slater, A., University of Kansas science bulletin, v. 52(8,i.e.9) p. 301-481, 1985. 
4. Lygaeus cardinalis Stål, 1866 - Swedish Museum of Natural History.

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Last updated: February 17, 2012.