Subject: Bug ID
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
December 14, 2016 3:35 pm
Mr. Bugman;
These guys showed up a couple of weeks ago and number in the thousands.
Can you tell me what it is? Of course you can! You’re the Bugman!
Signature: Jimi Streets

African Cluster Bug

African Cluster Bug

Dear Jimi Streets,
Though we immediately recognized your insect as a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, we did not recognize the species, but that changed as soon as we located this image of an African Cluster Bug,
Agonoscelis puberula, on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the range is “mostly sw US (BG data) native to e. & so. Africa, introduced and established in the New World (so. US, Mexico, West Indies) since ca. 1985” and “earliest record in our area: AZ 1990.”  Your submission represents a new species on our site unless this posting from just last month turns out to truly be an African Cluster Bug.  According to Texas Invasives:  “Agonoscelis puberula are usually found in large groups and are rarely found individually or in pairs. It is an important indication if one has been located because there are likely hundreds more nearby. An individual seed of horehound may contain a cluster of 30 adult African Cluster Bugs.”

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Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California

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