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Wolf in sheep's clothing? - Bagrada hilaris

Wolf in sheep's clothing? - Bagrada hilaris
Nix Nature Center, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA
July 14, 2013
The first time I saw a bagrada bug in August 2008, I thought it was a harlequin. The bagradas began to breed very lavishly after they first arrived, and many feared an invasion. Turns out, that didn't happen. I see very few such bugs these days and was interested to note that this single individual was in a group of maybe a dozen harlequins on buckwheat this afternoon.

For comparison, here's the harlequin:


My first bagrada post:

Just had the same thought -
wasn't it summer 2008 when we first saw these? Now they're all over the place.

 
Yes, late summer.
Now, I see them in more places, but not many totally and never in bunches any more.

 
I've only just seen them in Santa Cruz!
Breeding pairs, at that!

 
Guess they're not going to take over Calif. anyhow.
Maybe they ran out of regular mustard in OC and and don't appreciate our Grey Poupon.

 
But of course!
And we still have some greenery here, though according to our press you southerners are using all the water!

 
I think I just drank the last glass in the state.
But my doctor forced me to, saying I was dehydrated. I will later redistribute the water to some nearby buckwheat to aid the insects.

 
No worries!
We can manufacture water any time we want to up here!

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