Orange Black Stink Bug


Horehound bug - Agonoscelis rutila

Family Pentatomidae

This page contains pictures and information about Horehound Bug that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 12mm
They are called Horehound bugs because they are usually found on the weed horehound Marrubium vulgare. Sometimes it swarms on foliage and blossoms of fruit trees and ornamental plants but normally causes little injury. 
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The bug is bright orange, with black marks on the upper and lower surfaces of the body. We took the above pictures when the bugs feeding on salvia plants (Lamiacae) on Sept 2002.
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1. Stink Bugs of Australia - FaunaKeys,  Australian Museum online 2003.
2. Agonoscelis Spinola, 1837 - by Gerry Cassis, Emma Betts and Michael Elliott, Stink Bugs, Fauna Net, Australian Museum 2002. 
3. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera Part II - by Gordon F. Gross, South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide, 1976, p341.

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