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Cotton Seed Bug - Oxycarenus hyalinipennis

Cotton Seed Bug - Oxycarenus hyalinipennis
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, California, USA
March 19, 2019
Size: ~ 4 mm
Oxycarenus hyalinipennis

Feeds on plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) and is a pest on cotton (Gossypium spp.).
The closest cotton fields are in eastern Riverside County and northern Kern County.

O. hyalinipennis was first described from Italy, but has since invaded many parts of the world, including large parts of the Caribbean and South America.

This appears to be the first record for North America (excluding an reportedly extirpated colony in southern Florida).

Our warming planet pushes species to higher latitudes (and altitudes).
This specimen was more than 80 miles north of the Mexican border and there is a lot of mallow (Malva spp.) in disturbed/urban areas along the coast, all the way to the border.
But I haven't found any published records for Mexico and arid Baja California seems an unlikely route for O. hyalinipennis to travel.
Could this be a local introduction ?
Perhaps on a cultivated Hibiscus sp. ?

Images of this individual: tag all
Cotton Seed Bug - Oxycarenus hyalinipennis Cotton Seed Bug - Oxycarenus hyalinipennis

Moved from Lygaeoidea.

Moved from ID Request.

It does resemble O. hyalinipennis
And I just realized we had a very similar submission from Los Angeles last november. Images here.

Have you by any chance shared your images with the local Cooperative Extension office? If not, you may want to consider doing so.

Thanks Ken.
Yes, I've reported it to the authorities.

Please let us know if they confirm the ID.

They did.

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