Pic 1 shows the 5th instar and Pic 2, the 3rd instar of the Crusader Bug. The younger nymph had yellow bands on his legs and a small yellow band on the antennal tips. The 5th instar shows a better developed pronotum and smart bolero-like yellow wing buds. The antennal tip were completely yellow and legs completely brown by this stage. Both were seen on the same young wattle plant.
A delicate-looking predacious bug from the Reduviidae family. The long legs were covered with fuzzy setae. The mid and hind legs were resting on the web silk while the front pair of legs were held up folded in front of the head. The antennae looked much like another pair of legs.
About 15mm long. Very dark red elytra with bright red margins and tiny spots of white all over. The rest of the bug is an almost iridescent pink red. Resting under light on a stone wall in an outer urban back yard. This is a particularly dark specimen. They are also called 'Red fungus bug'. Also accidentally introduced to the northern parts of New Zealand although there is a theory that they may have been 'blown' over there by prevailing weather patterns.
This small delicate bug (approx. 8mm in body length) was found walking on our kitchen bench. I was confused as to why it didn't have long wings like the Berytidae spp. I had found in the past, but Tony Daley confirmed that it was Berytidae spp. and that some adults seem to have long wings and some short. He said that this specimen is a male.
This insect was very tiny. It is pictured on someone's finger where it landed, while I was taking photos of another insect on the same hand. It has been identified as Delphacidae spp. by Stephen Thorpe and Ken Walker.