Scentless Plant Bug (Niesthrea louisianica)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Scentless Plant Bug (Niesthrea louisianica)

New to my buggy life list.

“an important biocontrol agent of velvet leaf” [Abutilon theophrasti]

Learn: (includes key)

Family: Rhopalidae

The Rhopalidae Family eats seeds of herbaceous plants, but some are arborea (source:

“native from Arizona to Florida north to New York and West to Iowa in the Mississippi Valley” source:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)


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