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Species Bagrada hilaris - Bagrada Bug

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Pentatominae
Tribe Strachiini
Genus Bagrada
Species hilaris (Bagrada Bug)
Other Common Names
Painted Bug
Explanation of Names
Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister, 1835)
Size
5-7 mm(1)
Identification
habitus distinctive among NA Pentatomidae
Range
sw US (CA-TX-CO-NV) (BG data)
native to Africa, adventive elsewhere, incl. the New World, the eastern Mediterranean, and so. Asia(1)
Season
yr round in CA (BG data)
Food
hosts: primarily Brassicaceae, but also members or many other families(1)
Life Cycle
Eggs laid in clusters on leaves or soil; five nymphal instars(1)
Remarks
potential pest, especially of cruciferous crops (Brassicaceae, i.e. cabbage, kale, mustard), but also other crops (incl., at least in Africa, cotton, millet, potato).
earliest NA record: CA 2008 (Los Angeles Co.), AZ by 2009, NM & TX by 2010...
Works Cited
1.California plant pest & disease report, Vol. 25 (Jan 2008 through Dec 2009)
Gaimari S., O’Donnell M., eds. 2011. California Department of Food & Agriculture, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch. 108 pp.
2.University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
3.Invasive species in California