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Miridae Nymphs - Halticotoma valida

Miridae Nymphs - Halticotoma valida
Norris City, White County, Illinois, USA
May 5, 2007
Size: Just under 1/8" long
I just want to find out if this bug needs to be eradicated or left to do it's beneficial thing, whatever that may be. I don't need the image after it is identified, unless it's good for the guide pages. They were just under 1/8" long, from nose to the back of their shell, and there were hundreds of them crawling all over the Yucca Tree plants in my front yard. It looks like they might have just recently hatched, but if they're bad for Yuccas, I'd like to know so that I can try to get rid of them. These were the 3 best images I could get, so I hope it's good enough to tell what they are.

Moved
Moved from Halticotoma.

Moved
Moved from Plant Bugs.

It looks like a nymph of Halticotoma species.
^^

Miridae.
This is the nymph of a plant bug in the family Miridae. Many are very host-specific, meaning they feed on only a few kinds of plants. I believe there is one specific to yucca....Very colorful!

 
Thanks, Eric!
I know you must have gone to quite a lot of extra trouble to ID these critters, and I want to thank you for doing so. Shall I get rid of the photo or is it good enough for the guide to help the next poor soul whose Yuccas are invaded?

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