Subject: Conchuela Bug on Horse Nettle?
Location: Coryell County, central Texas
April 28, 2013 10:18 pm
This may be a stink bug family member, Conchuela Bug, or Chlorochroa ligata, on a Horse Nettle, which is a member of the nightshade family. This is a particularly unloved wild plant, since it’s toxic to livestock (and humans), and has piercing thorns as well. Apparently it isn’t toxic to all insects, however. Today was warm and mostly sunny, 80 degrees. Thank you for your help! Here’s a Bug Guide reference: http://bugguide.net/node/view/22454
Thanks for doing all the work for us on this ID. We agree with you that this appears to be a Chonchuela Bug, one of the Stink Bugs. According to BugGuide: “prefers fleshy fruits of various plants, especially agarita, balsam-gourd and mesquite; also on sage, yucca, mustards, prickly pear (Opuntia)(3), and various crops (cotton, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, grapes, peas, tomatoes, etc.); primarily a seed feeder preferring leguminous plants (once mesquite beans dry, the bugs move to more succulent plants).”