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Species Niesthrea louisianica

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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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Rhopalidae (Scentless Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Rhopalinae
Tribe Niesthreini
Genus Niesthrea
Species louisianica (Niesthrea louisianica)
Explanation of Names
Niesthrea louisianica Sailer 1961
6.7‒8.2 mm(1)
varies in color; thickly sprinkled with dark spots
NY‒IA to FL‒CA to Costa Rica; Jamaica(1)
hosts include Hibiscus and other Malvaceae(2); feeds on flower buds and seeds
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in masses on the undersides of leaves.
biocontrol agent of velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)(3)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World Scentless Plant Bug genus Niesthrea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Rhopalidae), with descriptions of ...
María Cecilia Melo, Thomas J.Henry. 2019. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3(5): 9; 1–36.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Steill J., Meyer J. (2003) The Rhopalidae of Florida