Hare Figwort bug and balls - Cionus scrophulariae
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York, USA
June 8, 2010
Size: 1/4 inch, about
i was looking for the wildflower Hare Figwort, and found several specimens damaged by insect feeding and plastered with these small shiny balls where the blossoms should have been. After enlarging the photo on my computer screen I noticed the bug. I can't figure out that flattened thing behind the bug. Is it a sac that the bug may be filling with eggs? Anybody know what this bug is and what it's doing? Are those translucent shiny balls related to what the bug's doing? Thanks for any info.