Jewel Bugs



Jewel bugs can be distinguished from most other Hemipteran families as the last section of the thorax is enlarged and forms a shield over the wings. Most species of jewel bugs have bright metallic colouring in a variety of patterns depending on the species.

Tectocoris diophthalmus (male cotton harlequin bug)

The cotton harlequin bug shown above is so called because it is known to attack the bolls of cotton and is common on other similar plant species. Its colour is very variable and may range from almost completely yellow to reddish-orange with either black or metallic blue spots.

For more jewel bug species visit the Australian Insect Common Names



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