What’s This Bug?
June 5, 2010
found on bladderpod in bouquet canyon, in la county
This is an immature Harlequin Bug, Murgantia histrionica, one of the Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae. Both juvenile and adult Harlequin Bugs are brightly colored and variably patterned in shades of black, white and orange, or sometimes red. Harlequin Bugs feed on plants in the mustard and cabbage family Brassicaceae, and according to the calflora website, Bladderpod is in the family. We frequently encounter Harlequin Bugs on the mustard plants that proliferate in Elyria Canyon Park as well as the collards and kale in our home garden patch. Harlequin Bugs have sucking mouthparts and they extract liquid nourishment from the plants they feed upon. You can read more about Harlequin Bugs on BugGuide.
P.S. Thanks for the advice on chicken coops. The Sunday garden project is going to include converting an old wooden work table into a chicken coop for the front yard.