S6, 4th Instar, Middle Leg Spine
Ground Dwelling Bug
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Leaf Footed Bug (Coreoidea, Coreidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Crusader Bug (Mictis profana)|
|This Photo:||S1, Adult, ventral|
Thank you Danilo Lüdke for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A dark grey/black bug with orange stripes on its back, legs & antennae. The common name of course comes from the Orange Pattern on the back of the Adults.
S6 was the only one we measured at ~8mm.
We are estimating the instar stage based on the colour of the wing buds (more orange=older); along with views on-line of other instar patterns.
Photographed 6 specimens in Jan, Feb, Apr & May.