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Plant Bug - Kleidocerys resedae

Plant Bug - Kleidocerys resedae
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
January 1, 2008
Size: 4mm
Found this bug sunning itself, I think. Maybe a Rhopalid?


*Edited 1/9/08 to revise size t0 4mm.

Reminds us of Kleidocerys

Kleidocerys resedae
Nice image too.

Brad, any more thoughts on the
six images that are still sitting on the genus page? Ours (see 85989) by the way were not found on birch. There isn't even any birch nearby. We found ours in among the seedheads of an herbaceous wildflower, Aureolaria grandiflora pulchra, if that's of any help.

I moved two to K. resedae. The others (from California and Oklahoma could be different species, I'm not sure.

Your finding this species on a herbaceous wildflower is not unusual. Looking at Blatchley's (1) account of the species, he states that "scores" were swept from dead asters and that all stages of development were found on Spirea shrubs. Further, he says it is commonly found by sweeping herbage (to which I can attest). I have found specimens that are near birch and others that are nowhere near birch, but it obviously feeds on birch. It might be polyphagous, but I don't know.

Also it overwinters as adults (as many bugs do) so that can lead to it being found in many places.

Thanks everybody.....
for the ID! I'm not sure if there are any Birch trees nearby as I never thought to look for them.


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