Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

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

Large Milkweed Bug - Graptostethus varipictus

Family Lygaeidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Large Milkweed Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm
This is the largest Milkweed Bug that we found. The bug is somewhat ovate with broad head. They were always found on Milkweed plants. They are brightly red in colour with distinguish black patterns.    
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Above pictures were taken on 2002 in Macgregor bushland, where was a just-cleaned land and dominated by the Milkweeds of Red-headed Cotton Bush (Asclepias currasavica), Swan Plant (Asclepias fruiticosa and Asclepias physocarpa). We have more pictures and information of those host plants in the Wanderer Butterfly and Australian Crow Butterfly pages.    
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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. 

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