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Grotesque bug deformity - Creontiades rubrinervis

Grotesque bug deformity - Creontiades rubrinervis
Tustin, Orange County, California, USA
June 18, 2007
Size: 1/4" not incl antennae
I noticed the gaping hole in the abdomen of this (mirid?) bug. The bug was alive at the time. The last photo was taken about 3 hours later, in which the edges of the hole have begun to close in, presumably drying out. The bug was alive at this time, too, but died a few hours later. Any idea what causes a thing like this?

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Moved
Moved from Plant Bugs.

It looks like a Creontiades rubrinervis.
Please refer to


 
Yes it is
Based on current photos of c. rubrinervis posted here, including nymph, that is what this is . . . I always have lots of them in the garden.

 
But it's better to frass it.
^^

...
Almost looks like a parasitoid eclosed right out of there.

 
Fungus victim
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