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Image of the Month - November 2011

Leptocoris tagalicus by Paul Looyen
Gravid Leptocoris tagalicus standing on leaf

Paul Looyen photographed this attentive Leptocoris tagalicus in Lane Cove National Park (Sydney, Australia). Her rounded abdomen contains perhaps 20 eggs, which she will be laying soon on or near a fruiting member of the soapberry plant family. In fact, whenever soapberry bugs are mating or have eggs, or the bright red young are present, you can be sure that you are within a few meters of a source of soapberry seeds on which the bugs are dining.

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