Subject: This had just appeared in our garden 2 weeks ago
Geographic location of the bug: Wangaratta, north east Victoria
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Thank you for your site. This bug appeared about 2 weeks ago and has the number has quickly increased since then.
How you want your letter signed: Michael
We were having trouble identifying your Seed Bugs from the family Lygaeidae, but we did locate a posting in our archives of a Red Banded Seed Eating Bug, Melanerythrus mactans, from almost ten years ago. Here is a FlickR image. According to the Atlas of Living Australia, its range is over most of the continent.