Cotton harlequin bugs grow to be about 2cm in length, with the males and females being different in colour – the females being mostly orange and the males mostly blue-red. They are also known as ‘stink bugs’ and are also commonly referred to as the Hibiscus harlequin bug.
“The Hibiscus Harlequin Bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus) sucks sap from hibiscus plants, bottle trees and related species,” says Trevor.
“Its main foodplant is the native Beach Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus). It is also a minor pest of cultivated cotton, a member of the hibiscus family Malvaceae, leading to its other common name, the Cotton Harlequin Bug.”
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