Hibiscus Harlequin Beetle

Whilst I was staying with my parents over the holidays, I spent a lot of time out in the yard helping dad with his car, etc. Late on afternoon we discovered a swarm of hibiscus harlequin bugs (Tectocoris diopthalmus) on an unidentified tree in their backyard whilst setting up some sprinklers. One of them had been unlucky enough to have fallen off the tree, and seemed quite confused, pacing around the same rock over and over and over again. I’d been meaning to photograph one of these for a while, so what better opportunity?

Hibiscus Harlequin Beetle 01

Considered a pest on hibiscus and cotton, I was surprised that most of them weren’t actually on any of the multitude of hibiscus plants in my parent’s yard, they were all on the trunk of a large tree instead. Except the ones that fell off that is.

Anyway, I spent nearly 30 minutes lying on the grass shooting it as it walked its circles, so there was a heap of photos, much more suited to a gallery:

The next day they had all disappeared, so I’m glad I took the opportunity when I did.

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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