Swan plant seed bug
Arocatus rusticus (StÂl)
- About 10 mm long
- Originally from Australia.
- Found in NZ, as far south as Central Otago
- Nymphs and adults feed on seeds of swan plant (Gomphocarpus).
- Also found on Tweedia and Parsonsia (a NZ creeper)
- Adults hibernate amongst dead leaves and under bark
Immature seed bug Photo by Mike Pigneguy
Bugs on swan plant seeds Photo by Mike Pigneguy
Adult with wings folded