Animal Species:Crusader Bug

The Crusader Bug is a member of the Squash bug family (Coreidae).

A Crusader Bug Specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Crusader Bug

Identification

Crusader Bugs are typically quite large bugs with long oval bodies that can produce a strong smell as a deterrent to predators. They are easy to recognise by their yellow cross mark on their backs.

Size range

2.5 cm

Distribution

Crusader Bugs are found throughout Australia, as well as Indonesia and the Indo-Pacific.

Habitat

Crusader Bugs live in urban areas, agricultural areas, coastal heath, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

Crusader bugs feed on a wide range of plants, including wattles, sennas and eucalypts and orchard plants (such as citrus) and garden plants (such as roses). Crusader Bugs prefer new shoots and pierce plants with their sucking mouthparts.

Economic/social impacts

Crusader bugs are considered to be minor pests of citrus and wattles. On a good note, they are considered to provide biological control of the noxious weed Mimosa pigra.

Classification

Species:
profana
Genus:
Mictis
Subfamily:
Coreinae
Family:
Coreidae
Superfamily:
Coreoidea
Infraorder:
Pentatomomorpha
Order:
Hemiptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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