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Whatzit? It has the Harlequin Bug palette, but lacks its design sense. - Bagrada hilaris - male - female

Whatzit? It has the Harlequin Bug palette, but lacks its design sense. - Bagrada hilaris - Male Female
Peters Canyon, Orange, Orange County, California, USA
August 17, 2008

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Whatzit? It has the Harlequin Bug palette, but lacks its design sense. - Bagrada hilaris - male - female Female - Bagrada hilaris - female Male - Bagrada hilaris - male

Moved
Moved from Bagrada.

 
Thanks, Hartmut.
For all your work on getting these to species.

 
You're welcome -
If you see any more, probably not before late winter or spring (?), please put some specimens in a vial for me.

 
Will do.
But might not be out much then, as I'm having the other knee replaced about that time.

 
Bionic man?
Good luck!!!

 
Thanks!
More like a collection of parts. New lens will be installed in right eye tomorrow, left in a couple of weeks.

Moved
Moved from Bagrada.

Moved
to genus Bagrada. Hopefully we can get a species ID some time soon.
Please see also the INFO page.
By the way, the Harlequin Bug (Murgantia histrionica) is classified in the same tribe: Strachiini Stål.

Update on the Bagrada: adult specimens being sent to Dr. Rosser Garrison (CDFA) who promised to examine them after returning from Argentina. Hopefully, there'll be an update soon.

Ron, I'm on the way to an ID for these -
To begin with they're in the genus Bagrada Stål, possibly B. hilaris . But there are a couple of other species names I have to check out first.
This is definitely a non-native bug, & at least potentially an invasive species!
They seem to like plants in the Mustard family (i.e. cabbage in Africa), but are polyphagus & use a number of other plants as hosts. I've written a page, but its still in progress, & will let you know when moveable.

 
Intriguing, Hartmut.
Thanks for the update, and I look forward to learning more.

Hello Ron, these are in Pentatomidae -
Smaller than Harlequin, aside from pattern differences. I've seen a whole bunch of them at Eaton Canyon, and might submit a photo. I don't know any more at this point.

 
Thanks, Hartmut.
You've got these pegged. Yes, they are smaller. First I've seen. Thanks for the direction.

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