Black and Orange Beetle
March 31, 2006
Beetles on a seed-head at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens.
Update: According to my copy of A Field Guide to Insects in Australia, these beetles seem to be 'Seed Bugs', members of the family Lygaeidae. Bugs who feed on seed or plant sap.
Details: Nikon 105mm 1:2.8 macro, ~f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400.
texas jim wrote, on 7 March 2008, at 1:39PM:
Your picture seems to be of an insect of the true bug family. Beetles have
wing covers that are solid all the way to the tip. True bugs have a half solid and half membranous wing cover (elytra, I think its called). Anyhow, I have seen a very similar bug here in Texas that likes to drink milkweed sap.
Another Texas wrote, on 4 June 2008, at 3:55PM:
Texas Jim is right...these bugs like milk weed and unfortunately I had some milk weed grow unnoticed at the edge of my vegetable garden. I guess they decided tomatoes make a good desert....they are on a feeding frenzy, also another smaller orange bug with black legs. Any tips on how to rid myself of them organicallly?
Ali wrote, on 30 June 2008, at 7:37AM:
Hi ! your pictures are very nice !
I com from IRAN/TEHRAN ... & I ALWAYS SEE YOUR PICTURES ... HAVE A NICE DAY & BYE !
lee wrote, on 2 October 2008, at 1:50AM:
Hi, I saw a similar insect in my garden today but the abdomen was black with orange stripes. Did this insect have those stripes by any chance? I've spent hours googling but can't find anything.
Avinoz wrote, on 12 December 2008, at 11:33AM:
Oddly enough , if you look up this creature called an assassin bug, I've found a cross-mix of it and this small bug I believe, eariler in the year we rid ourselves of it after keeping it for weeks after it got into our great grandmother's pant leg at a local hospital, and scraped up her skin a bit with it's stout legs, on my friend's laptop I have a picture of it , I'll see if I can find it later. It was easily three times as large as the bug in this picture, and it looked rather buggy, haha; punny.
kat wrote, on 11 May 2009, at 8:37AM:
What is the Scientific Name of the Black and Orange Beetle???
Please Help Me!!!
George York wrote, on 10 October 2009, at 11:39PM:
Nice photos but no DISCRIPTION.
Shame, the trouble finding, photographing and displaying. The information is incomplete.
Patrick wrote, on 23 February 2010, at 2:02PM:
This is the boxelder bug, Boisea trivittatis, formerly Leptocorouos trivittatis, is a true bug, of the order Hemiptera, which means half-wing
Click My name for information from the Univ. of Minn. Website on this bug