Family Rhyparochromidae - Seed Bugs
This page contains pictures and information about Seed Bugs in subfamily Rhyparochromidae
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Rhyparochromidae is newly (1997) separated
- Seeds Bugs in Rhyparochromidae are small is
size and dull in colour. They are either brown or mottled with dark and pale
patterns. The head is usually large and triangular with ocelli. Antennae are
four segmented. They usually have strong front legs. Most of them feed on ripe
seeds that dropped on ground. Fightlessness is common in this
- We found two species in this family both are ant-mimicking.
- Ant-mimicking Seed Bug 1
- Daerlac nigricans, subfamily Rhyparochrominae, tribe Udeocorini, body length 10mm
- Yes, this is a true bug but not an ant. Its body colour and behaviour is mimicking the
black ant. It was found wandering on a large gum tree trunk, where a lot of black ants
is running around. It did not have the waist, which is the characteristic of
all ants, but its body colour pattern mimics just exactly this. Please check
this page for more information.
- Ant-mimicking Seed Bug 2
- Daerlac sp. body length 10mm
- The nymphs were found on grass seeds.
and White Seed Bug
- Dieuches maculicollis, body length 6mm
- We found this small bugs on the table in our
backyard. It was Feb 2010. For some reasons, this bug lose its two left legs.
This bug feeds on vein near the root. Please check this page
for more information.
- Brown Seed Bug
- ? Remaudierana sp., body length 15mm
- Pictures taken on early summer Nov 2007 near Bulimba Creek in
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 501.
- 2. Checklist
for Daerlac nigricans Distant, 1918 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
RHYPAROCHROMIDAE - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study,
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