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Species Chlorochroa ligata - Conchuela Bug

Conchuela Stink Bug Ova - Chlorochroa ligata Red-bordered one - Chlorochroa ligata photo 3b - Chlorochroa ligata Bug on a Leaf - Chlorochroa ligata Unknown Stink Bug - Chlorochroa ligata Stink bug - Chlorochroa ligata stinkbug - Chlorochroa ligata? - Chlorochroa ligata Pentatomidae 8.4.17 - Chlorochroa ligata
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 Nezarini
Genus Chlorochroa
No Taxon (Subgenus Chlorochroa)
Species ligata (Conchuela Bug)
Other Common Names
Conchuela Stink Bug
Explanation of Names
Chlorochroa ligata (Say 1832)
ligata = 'bound, tied'
13-19 mm(1)
Black in the south, green in the north, and sort of purplish-green in the transitional area (there are some other clues, usually invisible on the photos). Geography helps narrow it down. (D.B. Thomas, pers. comm. to =v=, 6.x.2009)
examples: BC | WA | CO | TX
w. NA (BC-NT-MB to CA-TX) & Mex(2)(3)
mostly: May-Oct (BG data)
prefers fleshy fruits of various plants, especially agarita, balsam-gourd and mesquite; also on sage, yucca, mustards, prickly pear (Opuntia)(4), and various crops (cotton, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, grapes, peas, tomatoes, etc.); primarily a seed feeder preferring leguminous plants (once mesquite beans dry, the bugs move to more succulent plants)
Life Cycle
Adults overwinter, coming out in spring to feed, mate, and lay eggs. They are sometimes very numerous and feed in groups that can include nymphs of all ages as well as adults.(4)
Print References
Bagwell, G., A. Cokj, J. Millar. 2008. Characterization and comparison of substrate borne vibrational signals of Chlorochroa uhleri, Chlorochroa ligate and Chlorochroa sayi (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101: 235-246.
Works Cited
1.University of Alberta Entomology Collection
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
4.Austin bug collection