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: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/choate/rhopalidae.pdf (includes key)

Family: Rhopalidae

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

“native from Arizona to Florida north to New York and West to Iowa in the Mississippi Valley” source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02373178

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

scentlessplantbugPairSidaJuly2018###

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