Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

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Largid Bugs - Family Largidae

This page contains pictures and information about Gutta Bugs in Family Largidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
This is a very small bugs family. Largid bugs are general feeders, sucking juices from a variety of plants. They are either ground-dwelling or associated with the vegetative parts of shrubs and trees. They are moderately-sized to large insects. They are often with warning colours.  
They are closely resemble to family Lygaeidae, can be distinguished by their absent of ocelli. The antennae and labium are 4-segmented. The hemelytral membrane has basal cells with seven or eight distally radiating veins. 
There are four species in Australia. They belong to the genera Delacampius (2 species) and Physopelta (2 species). 

Gutta Bug - Physopelta gutta

This page contains pictures and information about Gutta Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Body length 18mm 
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Above pictures taken during early summer 2002 on a red flower gum tree when it was flowering.

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We also found them hiding on a small Acacia tree during mid-summer 2004.

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We found this bug again on Feb 2012. It was on Eugenia Circuit near Simpson Falls. The bug was resting on a leaf. We checked carefully and did not find any nymph or adult on the same plants. 
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1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000, p91.
2. Physopelta sp. (gutta or australis) - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks. 
3. Family LARGIDAE -  Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 

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Last updated: February 21, 2012.