Horehound Bugs from Australia

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia
September 14, 2016 12:20 am
Hi, after two days of morning rain my Thai basil plants were covered with these bugs. I’ve tried google images but can’t find bugs with the same pattern. Could you please identify these for me? Thank you
Signature: Mariah

Horehound Bugs
Horehound Bugs

Dear Mariah,
We quickly identified your beautiful Stink Bugs as Horehound Bugs,
Agonoscelis rutila, thanks to the Alamy site, and we verified that identification on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “They are called Horehound bugs because they are usually found on the weed horehound Marrubium vulgare. Sometimes it swarms on foliage and blossoms of fruit trees and ornamental plants but normally causes little injury. “

2 thoughts on “Horehound Bugs from Australia”

  1. We found this little bug in our lounge room and wonder what kind he is. He’s quite pretty….red and purple. I have taken a picture but don’t know how to send it to you.


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