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Gminatus australis

Orange assassin bug at suppressed

Gminatus australis at suppressed - 4 Mar 2023
Gminatus australis at suppressed - 4 Mar 2023
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Identification history

Gminatus australis 5 Mar 2023 michaelb
Unidentified 4 Mar 2023 arjay

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User's notes

Note that one of the bugs in these photos appears to have a caterpillar attached to it.


michaelb wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
It is the female feeding on the caterpillar, probably a gift from the male.
arjay wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
Cool. We reckon he could have given her a bigger one. But then it might have got in the way.
michaelb wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
Have a look at this example I posted:- Gminatus australis (Orange assassin bug)
arjay wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
That's more like it. Looks like it is also on a bursaria.
michaelb wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
Yes, they seem to like hanging around on bursaria.
arjay wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
Actually lots of invertebrates do including sweet little jumping bullants. I have a neighbour who calls them butterfly bush although I reckon that quite nice flies are in more abundance.
michaelb wrote:
   5 Mar 2023
Yes, Bursaria spinsoa has is quite valuable to the local habitat.

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Species information

  • Gminatus australis Scientific name
  • Orange assassin bug Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 4 Mar 2023 12:19 PM Recorded on
  • arjay Recorded by

Additional information

  • Bursaria spinosa Associated plant
  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
  • Breeding behaviour Breeding behaviour
  • Alive / healthy Animal health
  • Breeding behaviour Insect behaviour on flower
  • True Pollinator Insect on Flower

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