Soapberry Bug

Leptocoris tagalicus

Leptocoris tagalicus

Biology

Adults and nymphs of the Soapberry Bug suck the juices from seeds of plants belonging to the family Sapindaceae. Large aggregations of Soapberry Bugs can build up in Brisbane gardens, especially under introduced Golden Rain Trees (Koelreuteria elegans). This species is also found in rainforest and inland areas where they feed on their native host plants. It is widespread in northern and central Australia and also occurs in eastern Indonesia, the Philippines and islands of south-west Pacific.

Identification

Length about 12 mm. The elongated body is reddish-brown with reddish eyes and dark brown tips to the wings. The Soapberry Bug belongs to the Family Rhopalidae with 4 Australian species in the genus Leptocoris.

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