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Species Bagrada hilaris - Bagrada Bug

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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 Stink Bug
Explanation of Names
Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister 1835)
hilaris 'gay, cheerful'
5‒7 mm(1)
distinctive among NA Pentatomidae
native to s. & e. Africa, adventive elsewhere, incl. the Americas, the eastern Mediterranean, so. Asia(1); in our area, sw US (CA to CO‒TX), FL [interceptions, may not be established](2)
hosts: members of the mustard, nightshade, mallow, legume, sunflower and grain families. May aggregate on non-hosts in the fall when bug populations are high and food is scarce.
causes substantial damage to cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, mustards, and cauliflower, as well as infests a wide range of other crops and weeds species (Palumbo & Natwick 2010)(1). It has become a serious pest in the sw US.
Life Cycle
Eggs laid in clusters on leaves or soil; four nymphal instars(1); polyvoltine in s.CA
Poses a significant threat because its uses soil for oviposition, can tolerate heat and use a wide range of hosts.
See Also
Bagrada hilaris vs Murgantia histrionica
Print References
Pinkerton M.G., Thompson S.M., Hodges A.C., Leppla N.C., Palumbo J.C. (2020) Laboratory rearing of Bagrada hilaris (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) under quarantine conditions in Florida, USA. Fla. Entomol. 103: 401‒403
Internet References
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.A distributional synopsis of the Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) north of Mexico, including new state and provincial records
Rider, D.A. and Swanson, D.R. 2021. Zootaxa, 5015(1), 1–69.
3.University of Florida: Featured Creatures