Subject: African Painted Bug
Location: San Marcos, CA
September 24, 2012 9:58 pm
I found hundreds of these bugs of various sizes (the one pictured was one of the larger ones) in and around my Alyssum plants in my front yard. I pulled out the plants since they looked like they weren’t doing so good. Now, I just have to figure out how to get rid of these bugs and keep them from coming back.
Alyssum is a member of the cabbage family Brassicaceae, so it makes sense that the African Painted Bugs were feeding on them. Thanks for letting our readers know that this relatively new Invasive Exotic species feeds on ornamental plants in the family as well as food crops.