Subject: Garden Bug
September 15, 2013 3:03 pm
Haven’t seen this bug around and it came out of now where.
Signature: Thank you, Victoria
We first noticed invasive African Painted Bugs, Bagrada hilaris, in our garden in 2009 when they infested our kale and collard greens, and we learned that they were first sited in Los Angeles County the year before. Since that time, they have spread throughout southern California and Arizona and according to BugGuide, they have moved through the southwest as far as Texas. They really did come out of nowhere and they have spread rapidly. We predicted shortly after our first sighting that they would become a major agricultural pest since they prefer plants in the cabbage family, they seem to reproduce quickly and to the best of our knowledge, they don’t have any natural enemies in North America. Now that you have a name, you should be able to find information online, including UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research, Infonet-Biovision and the San Diego County Master Gardener Association.