Plant bug ID
Location: Hyampom, CA
May 25, 2011 1:25 am
I am trying to ID this little guy. It was found in Northern California near the Oregon border. It hasn’t caused any plant damage that I can see.
It resembles a Boxelder bug but has no x marking on its back. Everything else seems the same (color, shape and size).
Do you have any idea what it might be?
Thanks in advance.
Your mistaking this individual for a Boxelder Bug is understandable. It is a Bordered Plant Bug, most likely Largus californicus. According to BugGuide, it feeds upon: “Mostly plants (flowers, leaves, fruit) from a range of families, with a preference for Lupines. L. californicus is not considered a “pest species” of economic importance.” We will be going through our archive to find some nice high resolution images of this Bordered Plant Bug to use in our presentation at the Theodore Payne Foundation this Saturday.