This page contains pictures and information about the Ground Red Eyes Bugs that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 15mm
The bug has bright red eyes and red abdomen. Its thorax and front wing
covers are reddish-brown in colour. Its legs and antenna are all on black. The
L. mitellata and L. tagalicus are looked exactly the same and
it is almost impassable to distinguished them in photo. The L. mitellata
is usually found on ground while all other Leptocoris species are on
- This bug feeds on ripe seeds that fallen on ground. They run fast with their long legs..
- When disturbed they quick ran and hide under
- 5th instars, body length12mm
- The nymph looks similar to the adult bugs except their wings are
not fully developed. The head and wing buds are black in colour.
- 4th instars, body length 8mm
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 504.
- 2. Plant bugs, Prime Facts - by Dr Murray Fletcher, 2007, www.dpi.gov.au
- 3. Wildlife
of Greater Brisbane - New edition, Published by Queensland
Museum 2007, p121.
- 4. Leptocoris
mitellata Bergroth - Australian Insect Common Names, 2005, CSIRO.
- 5. RHOPALIDAE
Scentless Plant Bugs - Save
Our Waterways Now, 2008.
- 6. Ecology of
Leptocoris Hahn (Hemiptera: Rhopalidae) soapberry bugs - Carroll, Scott P; Loye, Jenella E; Dingle, Hugh; Mathieson, Michael1; Zalucki, Myron P., Australian Journal of Entomology, 44. 344-353, 2005.
- 7. Studies
on the biology, immature stages, and relative growth of some Australian
bugs of the superfamily Coreoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) -
Kumar, R. 1966, Australian Journal of Zoology 14: 895-991
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