Cotton Harlequin Bug Control in Your Garden

Hemiptera : Scutelleridae : Tectocoris diophthalmus

Cotton Harlequin Bug, also known as Hibiscus Harlequin Bug, is a native member of the jewel bug family Scutelleridae. It is found in northern and eastern Australia as well as parts of Indonesia, New Guinea and some Pacific islands.

It should not be confused with the other Harlequin Bug (Dindymus versicolor) that is from a different bug family – Pyrrhocoridae – and is found in the southeast of Australia.

Cotton Harlequin Bugs are conspicuous insects due to their bright colouring and iridescence. There is considerable variation in their colours, which in the past caused Cotton Harlequin Bugs of various colour forms to be identified as different species.

Image above: female Cotton Harlequin Bug on native hibiscus leaf (image courtesy of Elise Dando)

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