Jewel Bug from Australia

What’s this bug?
Location: Cronulla 2230, NSW, Australia
February 16, 2012 3:14 am
Hi, this bug actually flew into my forehead! I live right on Cronulla beach south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Currently summer but not the usual summer, averaging 27 degrees. Not hot.
Just curious as to what this is, have never seen anything like it before.
Cheers Brooke
Signature: Brooke

Jewel Bug Square

Dear Brooke,
Your Jewel Bug Square is elegantly simple, diagonally dynamic, triadic in its color palatte and positively gorgeous.  We need more time to try to research this comely member of the family Scutellaridae.  Perhaps it is an atypically colored Cotton Harlequin Bug, 
Tectocoris diophthalmus, like the one pictured on Life Unseen, or perhaps it is the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus, which is pictured on FlickR.  The Ocean Wide Images website has some exquisite group photos of Tectocoris diophthalmus.  We really want to adapt this simple, geometric and colorful pattern into a quilt square.


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