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Yucca plant bug - Halticotoma valida

Yucca plant bug - Halticotoma valida
Rancocas Woods, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
September 22, 2007
Size: Around 2mm ? Maybe 3
OK, I know it sounds crazy, but...
I have seen this Mirid twice. Once in Marlton, NJ and once in Rancocas Woods, NJ.
See the other one here... -- Now here is a Yucca plant bug (Halticotoma valida)...

There is a native yucca in NJ. Yucca filamentosa common name Adam's Needle, Silkgrass, Spanish Bayonet. http://www.littoralsociety.org/userfiles/doccenter/NJ%20Native%20plant%20list.pdf

Halticotoma valida does have a fairly wide distribution http://research.amnh.org/pbi/catalog/references.php?id=1035

In 2002 it was found in Washington DC - Google cache of a now deleted document http://www.agnr.umd.edu/ipmnet/02May31L.pdf
"TPM/IPM Report Weekly Report for Arborists, Landscape Managers and Nursery ManagersUniversity of Maryland Cooperative ExtensionCentral Maryland Research and Education CenterFriday, May 31, 2002From: Stanton Gill (Entomologist), Paula Shrewsbury (Entomologist) and Ethel Dutky (Pathologist) and Rondalyn Reeser and Suzanne Klick (Technicians)" .... "Yucca – Yucca plant bug (Halticotoma valida) nymphs and adults present this week on Yucca plants in Washington D.C., N.W. Yucca bug nymphs present at CMREC with no adults yet."

Biology of the Plant Bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae): Pests, Predators, Opportunists By Alfred George Wheeler (Page 152) lists Halticotoma valida as preying on Spanish Bayonet.
http://books.google.com/books?id=0szFXwGVlo4C&pg=PA152&dq=halticotoma+%22new+jersey%22&sig=AU8MhBEhKMBUzLsFQmbWTJldLug

Can I get a "MAYBE!" ?

Moved
Moved from True Bugs.

Maybe
Maybe it is.

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