Explanation of Names
Podisus Herrich-Schaeffer 1851
primarily neotropical; in our area, 4 spp. are widespread, P. sagitta
is restricted to s.FL & s.TX, and P. neglectus
is strictly eastern(1)
preys on a wide variety of other arthropods, especially larval forms of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. Examples
known to eat Mexican bean beetles, European corn borers, diamondback moths, corn earworms, beet armyworms, fall armyworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, and velvetbean caterpillars.
P. maculiventris (the most common species in se. US) is marketed as a pest control agent