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Species Agonoscelis puberula - African Cluster Bug

Mugwort Stink Bug - Agonoscelis puberula Hairy stinkbugs: Prionosoma podopioides? - Agonoscelis puberula Agonoscelis puberula Stål - Agonoscelis puberula Agonoscelis puberula? - Agonoscelis puberula African Cluster Bug - Agonoscelis puberula Trichopepla --? - Agonoscelis puberula African cluster bug - Agonoscelis puberula true bug - Agonoscelis puberula
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 Agonoscelidini
Genus Agonoscelis
Species puberula (African Cluster Bug)
Explanation of Names
Agonoscelis puberula Stål 1854
very pubescent:
adventive in sw US to AR, IA / Mexico / West Indies (since ca. 1985)(1); native to so. Africa - Map (2)
"They are on the spread. I expect them anywhere horehound (Marrubium vulgare) grows." (D.B. Thomas, pers.comm. to =v= 8.i.2015)
known hosts include members of Lamiaceae (horehound, thyme), Linaceae (flax), Buddlejaceae (Buddleja), and Rubiaceae (coffee tree); apparently occurs on an even wider range of hosts
earliest record in our area: AZ 1990(1)
See Also
Prionosoma podopioides Uhler
- Range: sw US
Det. D. B. Thomas, 2010
Print References
Thomas, D.B., J.E. Eger, W. Jones (2003) The African Cluster Bug, Agonoscelis puberula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), established in the New World. Florida Entomologist 86(2): 151-153. (1)
Internet References
Texas Invasives - Bartelt 2011(3)
Pentatomoidea - North Dakota State Univ.(4)