What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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These bugs are found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world and are often brightly coloured. A few species are mimics of ants and mutillids (velvet ants).

Utilising a diet of seeds or sap, Largidae are commonly found on vegetation or on the ground. Most Australian species resemble Pyrrhocoridae.


Only four species are recorded from Australia. Delacampius hirtus, Delacampius lateralis and Physopelta australis are found in the north portion of the Australian mainland while the 2 subspecies of Physopelta gutta are found in NSW and Victoria.

  • Largidae (Heteroptera)

  • Physopelta gutta