Ground Dwelling Bug
Red Eyes Bug
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Scentless Plant Bug (Coreoidea, Rhopalidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Red Eyes Bug (Leptocoris mitellatus)|
|This Photo:||🔍Adult, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Karen Weaving for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
A mainly dark grey bug with red/orange highlights.
The instars are very orange/red.
Apparantly they like dark moist places. They don't cause wood rot, but like to live in it. So finding them near a wooden dwelling is an indicator of a leaky roof.
Genital examination is required to separate species within the genus. Accordings to Gross, "This is apparently the commonest of the Australian species and is the only species in Southern Australia." As such we have identified these to species based on location.
On Atlas, SA Museum has since found Leptocoris tagalicus in SA, but they look different; they don't have any black on the body.
We have photographed 20 specimens in Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Similar Species: Peaceful Seed Bug (Spilostethus pacificus)