Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

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

Milk Vine Bugs - Genus Oncopeltus

Family Lygaeidae

This page contains pictures and information about Milkweed Bugs in subfamily LYGAEINAE that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

4-Coloured Milk Vine Bug 
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Oncopeltus sordidus, adult body length 16mm 
The bug is colourful, with red head, brown thorax, yellow wing-covers and black wing tips. Its abdomen is bright orange-yellow with red tip. The bug is eye-catching when sitting on green plants. On Jan 2009, we found one in Ford Road Conservation Area, it was wandering around and feeding on food plants. Check this page for more pictures and information.  

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 499.
2. LYGAEIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2002.
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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