Unknown colorful “true bug”
June 8, 2010
These are some old photos I came across that were taken in July 2007 of unknown bugs feeding on seed pods of an unknown plant. I can’t find anything like them in your archives.
At the bottom
South Carolina

Scentless Plant Bug: Niesthrea louisianica

Dear At the bottom,
My you sure have a funny name.  These are Scentless Plant Bugs in the family Rhopalidae.  The species is Niesthrea louisianica, and the species has no common name.  We have posted images in the past, most recently this letter in September 2009.  According to BugGuide it:  “Feeds on flower buds and seeds of plants in the Mallow family (Malvaceae), such as Hibiscus and Rose of Sharon.

Thanks for the quick reply.  I had looked at all the images in the category
“Aphids, Scale Insects, Leafhoppers, and Tree Hoppers”, which was the only one
that I noticed on the list on the left that I thought likely to contain them.

One Response to Scentless Plant Bug

  1. Vince1 says:

    FYI- looks like they are on the dried seedpod of velvetleaf.

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