True bugs: Hypselonotus – Biodiversity Shorts #2

True bugs: Hypselonotus – Biodiversity Shorts #2


Hello my name is Marc and tonight
we’re looking at the true bug Hypselonotus. I’ve got my macro gear
just behind me here and he’s on the branches of this
little plant Let’s take a closer look. I found a whole heap of these guys on the one plant in the garden which made
them really easy to film. and this is a shot, I’m just going to pop my
finger into frame here so it can give you an idea of his size. I did most of the shooting at night which might the job even easier because
they are very slow-moving and very docile. Now most people think of a bug and they think of anything that is small and creepy. When a scientist thinks of a bug they think of the Hemiptera order of insects which are knows as true bugs. One way to recognise true bugs is to look for their long straw like probosis, which is used
usually to suck sap that is in most species, but in some species they will use it to suck the insides out of other insects as in the assassin bug or in the case of
the bed bug to suck blood. I could not figure out what
these guys were doing most of them were just sitting about. This one was playing with a caterpillar, and another one who was really busy being dinner for this spider. Just a guess, but I think this spider is somehow realted to the red back spider of Australia When I came back about a week later to film the start and end of this video I found that these little guys were
actually feeding on incredibly tiny little flowers
that are at the base of each of the leaves of this plant. That explained to me why these guys congregated around this
particular plant It’s because of those tiny flowers. Which probably only this insect can get its mouth parts into. The last thing I observed is that these
guys will actively the defend the best flowers and
chase away competitors In this shot I actually got him chasing away another bug, and I’m sure if it came to
it, if they were equally matched there would be a small fight. I hope you’ve enjoyed my video and thanks to Andreas and the other people on the various forums who helped me to identify this bug I wouldn’t have had a hope on my own of trying to identify this little guy and if you like these type of videos then please subscribe and please click like and comment below and tell your friends
every little bit of feedback helps whether it’s good or bad or whatever you
feel like doing I’ll put a link to my previous video just
after this and a my name is Marc and this is
Biodiversity Shorts Cheers.

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