Jewel Bugs - Family name: Scutelleridae There are about 450 varieties of this bug (it& not a beetle! They are related to stink bugs and can smell bad, but I think their beautiful coloration more than makes up for that :-): Animals, Beauti
The Spined Soldier Bug is a predatory stink bug which preys on a variety of other insects, especially the larvae of butterflies, moths and beetles. It is one insect that farmers actually welcome, as it preys heavily on the larvae of many crop pests.
Hibiscus or Cotton Harlequin Bugs - Tectocoris diophthalmus The Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus (Hemiptera - Scutelleridae), is a large, brightly colored member of the Australian jewel bug fauna. The bug features iridescent blue patches.