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Vulsirea on Graytwig Tree 2 - Vulsirea nigrorubra

Vulsirea on Graytwig Tree 2 - Vulsirea nigrorubra
Rocky Point Hammock, Martin County, Florida, USA
December 21, 2012

ID confirmed by D.B. Thomas:
"Yes, for now it is Vulsirea nigrorubra. There is some question as to whether this species is valid. It is especially interesting that this bug was taken on graytwig (Shoepfia) because that is the same host used by V. violacea. Stål considered the two to be just color forms. The species were elevated by Kormilev but his characters seem pretty shaky."

Further Vulsirea Info
My ID came from matching the picture on the site not from any depth of insect ID skill.
In our Treasure Coast Natives blog (, George Rogers wrote:

Now here is something even weirder and more puzzling. There seems to be a special relationship between stinkbugs and Schoepfia. The Asian stinkbug Parastrachia japonensis is tied to Schoepfia jasminodora. Amazingly, the adult bugs lug the Schoepfia fruits back to their stinky nests.

Our own Schoepfia chrysollphylloides (as S. schreberi) is reported to be the host for stinkbug Ramosiana insignis which consumes multiple organs, and for Vulsirea violacea, which specializes on the fruits. We caught the stinkbug below in the act of messing with the Schoepfia fruits.

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