Subject: unknown bug
Location: johannesburg South Africa
January 9, 2014 7:10 am
We live in Johannesburg South Africa and came across the following bug on our plants.
These bugs are in big groups only on 1 plant.
can you identify the bug, are they harmful and how can we get rid of them
Signature: Thank you in advance
Thanks to ISpot, we quickly identified your Heteropterans as Tipwilters, Carlisis wahlbergi, also known as Giant Twig Wilters, and they are immature nymphs. They will eventually become winged adults. ElMuseumScience also has some nice images. Tipwilters suck nutrients from plants, and if they are common, they can significantly damage young shoots and twigs on the host plant. Gardenia seems to be a preferred host plant. We do not provide extermination advice.
Thank you for the below information which was very usefull.