varies in color from reddish to dark brown to grayish yellow; thickly sprinkled with dark spots (1)
hosts include Hibiscus
and other Malvaceae(1)
; feeds on flower buds and seeds; an important biocontrol agent of velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti
Eggs are laid in masses on the undersides of leaves.
Sailer R.I. (1961) The identity of Lygaeus sidae Fabricius, type species of the genus Niesthrea (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 63(4): 293-299.