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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Anchor Stink Bug (Stiretrus anchorago)

A predatory stink bug. Beneficial. markings and color can be highly variable.

New to my buggy life list.

“Adults feed on the larvae of beetles, butterflies, and moths, incl. many pest spp. (notably Mexican Bean Beetle and Japanese Beetle)”

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/stiretrus_anchorago.htm

Learn more: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Stiretrus_anchorago/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)

My take: It Just Stinks… or Does It?
http://web.archive.org/web/20120723020819/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/it-just-stinksor-does-it.html

anchorstinkbuggoldenrodoct2016side

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

May be a pest of fruit bearing trees and shrubs but has a place in the circle of life.

eggs feed parasitoids including important pollinators such as chalacid and other parasitic wasps (Gryon spp. and Ooencyrtus sp.)
egg predators include: fire ants and tree crickets.
adult predators include spiders.

Learn: http://sites.duke.edu/dukeinsects/insect-orders/hemiptera/leptoglossus-phyllopus

Mating pair and Learn more: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/leaffooted-bug-leptoglossus-phyllopus-mating/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon sp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula) nymph

This one is quite close to adulthood (5th instar). People worry so much that this insect is a pest because it may munch on edible fruits, but here it is controlling the fruits (seeds) of Shyleaf which can be aggressive in the wrong situation. I rarely see stink bugs or their damage on my edibles…could it be because I give a home to Shyleaf in some areas of the yard so they have an alternative crop? Every creature has it’s place in the circle of life….it’s all about balance. Food for thought.

“Parasites, usually wasps and flies, provide biological control of the southern green stink bug” including a tachinid fly, Trichopoda pennipes which parasitizes adults and nymphs. This guy better watch out. I’ve seen those flies at my place.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/southern_green_stink_bug.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata)

Predatory on other insects. They lie in wait for insects to happen by and then grab them. Although they sometimes grab other beneficials, they arent fussy and will do in thrips and other insects that may achieve pest status if left unabated so considered quite beneficial.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-10_jagged_ambush_bug_(Phymata_sp.).htm

key: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/phymatidae.pdf

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

photo with prey: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/jagged-ambush-bug-phymata-fasciata/
photo of immature: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/jagged-ambush-bug-phymata-fasciata-2/
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala sp.) nymph

Based on the antenna coloring it is either A. femorata or A. declivis. I also get A.terminalis as a regular visitor.

Feeds on seeds/nuts/fruits. Natural Enemies include Wasps (Parasites on eggs) and Tachinid Flies (lay eggs on adults) so it helps provide for future pollinators.

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

key: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt02835p040.pdf

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