Crusader Bug
S6, 4th Instar, Wing Buds
Crusader Bug
S6, 4th Instar, Rear Leg Spine
Crusader Bug (Mictis profana)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:     🔍S6, 4th Instar, Hairy Red Eye🔎

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.

Copyright © 2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Jan-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.