I posted this photo in my stories on Sunday and got such an amazing response, that I thought I’d learn a little about them to share with you!
This incredibly beautiful bug 🦠 is called a Cotton Harlequin Bug (𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘶𝘴) and lives in Northern and Eastern Australia, New Guinea and several Pacific Islands.
Some fun facts;
✴ They feed by piercing the stems of young shoots and sucking out the sap
✴ The females lay clusters of eggs around twigs, guarding them until they hatch (check out picture 2)
✴ They can also be called ‘stink bugs’, as they have scent glands which produce a bad smell which, when it is emitted by one bug, triggers others in the group, multiplying the bad smell 👃
The tree we saw them on was absolutely covered, and if you don’t believe me, have a look at picture 3!