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.
(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.
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