Crusader Bug
Ground Dwelling Bug
Ground Dwelling Bug (Hyocephalus aprugnus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Ground Dwelling Bug (Coreoidea, Hyocephalidae)
Species: Ground Dwelling Bug (Hyocephalus aprugnus)
This Photo:     Dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~9mm long and flightless.
These dark bugs live under stones in sandy soil & gravel.
It's possible this is one of the other 2 species in this family, Maevius indecorus. We can't differentiate them, but H. aprugnus is known to occur in SA; M. indecorus isn't.
They look very similar to juvenile assassin bugs, but their proboscus is straight, not curved. Also their wings are "squared off", nearly all true bug invert wing-buds are rounded.
Usually the number of antennae segments is diagnostic. But you can see here one side has 4 & the other 3. A mutation perhaps?

Copyright © 2018-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-Dec-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.