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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Broken-backed Bug (Taylorilygus apicalis)

PLANT BUG (Family Miridae).

Feeds on plants.

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/241817

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

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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 aren’t 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: Bidens alba

photo with prey: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/jagged-ambush-bug-phymata-fasciata/

photo of immature: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/jaggedambushnymphironweedaug2013.jpg

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

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: NUTTALL’S THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown Stink Bug (Euschistus sp.)

When it comes to stink bugs, there are pests and beneficials. Spiders will eat either one. Shown is a pest variety.

“The eggs and nymphs of stink bugs often suffer high mortality from parasites, predators and pathogens.”

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: : Bidens alba

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/it-just-stinksor-does-it/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Seed Bug (Subfamily Orsillinae)

Even true bugs are pollinators.

Miniscule. Not sure I’d ever be able to see enough detail to get this down to genus or species.

Family Lygaeidae – Seed Bugs
Subfamily Orsillinae

Key and additional info: Lygaeidae of Florida (Hemiptera Heteroptera) http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00000094/00001/46j

Learn:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/1515730

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Helmeted Squash Bug (Euthochtha galeator) nymph

One of the leaf-footed bugs. Said to cause damage to citrus, but I’ve yet to find any on my citris, they seem to stick with other plants such as Bidens alba and grasses which don’t reflect any damage.

biocontrol: Eggs may be paratizes by chalicid wasps and adults are attacked by a tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), so don’t use pesticides which would kill the beneficials who control these guys.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/flowers/euthochtha_galeator.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

It is usually hard to identify nymphs of many true bugs to species, but this one is easy.

“This is the only coreid nymph in eastern U.S. having the 3rd antennal segment (only) dilated.”

Helmeted Squash Bug (Euthochtha galeator)

Adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/helmeted-squash-bug-euthochtha-galeator-3/

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