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Australian True Bugs



Assassin Bugs

Assassin Bug
(Pristhesancus plagipennis)
Assassin Bug
The Assassin Bug is a medium to large sized bug with a large curved mouth part for piercing and sucking. It has long legs. Adult bugs are brown in colour with transparent wings. Nymphs are black with orange abdomens when they first emerge from the... Click to continue>

Bed Bugs

Bed bug
(Cimex lectularius)
Bed bug
Bed bugs used to be a common public health pest around the world, but infestations declined in the twentieth century. In recent years there have been an alarming increase in infestations in many countries including Australia. Bed bugs are wingless... Click to continue>

Damsel Bugs

Damsel Bug
(Nabidae family sp1)
Damsel Bug
Damsel Bugs resemble small Assassin Bugs, but have a much slimmer body shape. They are usually brown or tan colour. The legs are relatively long and the front pair is enlarged to capture prey. The antennae have four segments and beak (rostrum) also... Click to continue>
Damsel Bug
(Nabidae family sp2)
Damsel Bug
This Damsel Bug is a drab brown colour. Damsel bugs use their piercing and sucking "beak" (called a rostrum) to feed on soft bodied insects. They resemble small Assassin Bugs. Nymphs are small and wingless but look similar to adults. Click to continue>

Delphacid Planthoppers

Delphacid planthopper
(Delphacidae family )
Delphacid planthopper
This Delphacid planthopper looks like a tiny fly. It has "syringe-shaped" antennae Click to continue>

Flatid Planthoppers

Mango Planthopper
(Colgaroides acuminata)
Mango Planthopper
The Mango Planthopper is creamy white with a small pink spot on centre of each wing. They have a triangular shape with a right angled corner. They are found on a range of plants, and are a pest in the mango industry. There are other similar species... Click to continue>
Planthopper
(Colgaroides sp)
Planthopper
This planthopper is white with pale pink margin round the wings, pink legs and faint pink dot in the centre of the wing. Is this C. acuminata or a different species? One of the photos shows two planthoppers of different size and colour. I'm not sure... Click to continue>
Common Green Planthopper
(Siphanta hebes)
Common Green Planthopper
The Common Green Planthopper is a bright green triangular-shaped bug with reddish eyes. The wings are held over the body like a roof. The wings have a veined pattern a paler green spots between the vein intersections. The wings have a border of... Click to continue>

Horned Treehoppers

Treehopper
(Membracidae family )
Treehopper
Not sure what species of Treehopper this is. It has a shiny body this glistens in the sunlight. It has a horned head like a pointy helmet. Click to continue>

Lace Bugs

Sycamore Lace Bug
(Corythucha ciliata)
Sycamore Lace Bug
The Sycamore Lace Bug is a North American pest of plane trees (Sycamore trees) that has been introduced into Australia. It is a white bug with brown markings. The body has short spiky hairs around the perimeter. The bug has scalloped decorations on... Click to continue>

Lantern flies

Lantern Fly
(Fulgoridae family )
Lantern Fly
Lantern Flies are a kind of leafhopper. This strange looking Lantern Fly has a large protrusion from the head resembling a snout, and large bulbous eyes. Although they are called Lantern Flies, they do not emit any light. Click to continue>

Leafhoppers

Flat-head Leafhopper
(Cicadllidae family sp1)
Flat-head Leafhopper
Flat-head Leafhopper have flattened triangular-shaped head. Like other species of the Cicadllidae family it has strongly spiked rear legs. This bright green species was seen around house lights at night. Click to continue>
Green Leafhopper
(Cicadllidae family sp2)
Green Leafhopper
This small Leafhopper was found around the house lights at night. It is emerald green with dark greenish-black markings. They look a bit like miniature cicadas. Click to continue>
Leafhopper
(Cicadllidae family sp3)
Leafhopper
These Leafhoppers are so tiny that they can come through the mesh of the fly screen of windows. They are attracted to house lights in large numbers on warm summer nights, and many of them can com inside the house where they come to rest on... Click to continue>
Leafhopper
(Cicadllidae family spp)
Leafhopper
Small Leafhoppers that were photographed at night near house light. I've no idea what species they are. Click to continue>
Leafhopper larvae
(Cicadllidae family spp2)
Leafhopper larvae
This page shows different species of Leafhopper larvae. I've no idea what species they are. These larvae are all wingless. Click to continue>

Lerps Insects

Melaleuca psyllid
(Boreioglycaspis melaleucae)
Melaleuca psyllid
The Melaleuca psyllid is a sap sucking bug. Adult psyllids are pale yellow or white with grey or black markings. The tips of the antennae are grey. The wings are transparent with yellow veins. The eyes are pale with a dark spot. Adult insects often... Click to continue>

Mealy Bugs

Mealybug
(Margarodidae family )
Mealybug
Mealybugs excrete a waxy substance. They are found on various species of plants and can be a pest. I'm not sure what species this is - it could be Cottony Cushion Scale. Click to continue>
Mealybug
(Monophlebulus sp)
Mealybug
Female mealybugs are wingless, resembling a grub covered in white waxy substance like hair. Under the waxy coating the body is orange and blue. They move around plant stems feeding on sap. Click to continue>

Ricaniid Planthoppers

Passionvine Hopper
(Scolypopa australis)
Passionvine Hopper
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Scale Insects, Soft Scales, Wax Scales

Rose scale
(Aulacaspis rosae)
Rose scale
Rose Scale is a hard scale. The adult females are white and flat. The males have two forms - sedentary males are long and flat with ribbed texture and are white; winged males are slightly smaller and orange-red with a spine protruding from the rear.... Click to continue>
Brown Soft Scale
(Coccus hesperidum)
Brown Soft Scale
Brown Soft Scale is fairly flat with an oval body with a series of faint ridges across the body. Young adults are yellow to pale-green, developing a pattern of brown spots as they age. Mature adults may turn dark brown. Click to continue>

Seed Bugs, Milkweed Bugs, Chinch Bugs

unknown
(Lygaeidae family sp1)
unknown
The Lygaeidae family has a large number of species. They are mostly brown or red in colour. They have two compound eyes and two simple eyes (ocelli). Click to continue>
unknown
(Lygaeidae family sp2)
unknown
These bugs are orange-red with black wings, black legs and black antennae. The eyes are prominent. Males and females are similar. Nymphs are orange red with black head and thorax. Click to continue>
unknown
(Lygaeidae family sp3)
unknown
The bug is probably a member of the Lygaeidae family, but I have no idea what genus or species it is. If you have any idea, let me know. Click to continue>


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