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

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The Artheneidae were considered until recently by most workers to be a subfamily of the Lygaeidae. We have followed the revision by Henry (1997) and recognised them at family rank.

Very little is known of the biology of the Artheneidae. Research on Australian species suggests that they feed on the fruits or seeds of Eucalyptus or Leptospermum species. They possibly overwinter in leaf litter.


Only two species are recorded from Australia, both from the endemic genus Dilompus . Dilompus robustus is found from north-eastern Queensland down the east coast, including Lord Howe Island and Tasmania, and across to South Australia. Dilompus woodwardi is found in Victoria and south eastern NSW as well as south western Western Australia.

  • Artheneidae (Heteroptera)