Coreid Bugs
Wingless Coreid

Squash Bugs - Tribe Mictini

Family Coreidae

This page contains pictures and information about Squash Bugs in tribe Mictini that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Bugs in this group usually have the lateral angles on the pronotum. Member in tribe Mictini are believed to feed mostly on legumes, plants in the family Fabaceae, include the new shots and the fruits. 

Crusader Bug, Holy Cross Bug
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Mictis profana, nymph, adult, length 20mm, 25mm, male                                                                  female
This bug is dark brown in colour and with a diagonal white cross on its back like the Crusader's shield. Its hind legs are thick and strong. On day time I find many of them feeding on plants just do not care if there are any predators. More information click here.  
Large Squash Bug
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Mictis caja, body length nymph 20mm, adult 25mm, male                                                                female
We found this large squash bugs along Bulimba Creek in Yugarapul Park during summer season. The bugs are brown in colour, with strong hind legs and round shoulder. They were found on different plants so we are not sure what is their host plant. More pictures and information can be found in this page.
Armoured Tip-wilter
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Canungrantmictis morindana, body length 30mm 
The bug adults were brown in colour, with the armour shape thorax. The head is small, has four segmented antenna with white tip. The hind legs expanded and somewhat leaf-like. Last instars has the same body shape as adult, with the armour shape thorax. They are pale blue in colour with brown spots. Please check this page for more pictures and information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 503.
2. Coreidae - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2005. 
3. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p147. 
4. 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 [908].
5. The Australian distribution of Mictis profana (F.) (Hemiptera: Coreidae) and its life cycle on Mimosa pigra L - Flanagan, G.J. 1994. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 33: 111-114. 

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Last updated: August 31, 2010.