Subject: Pretty Bug
Geographic location of the bug: Bolsa Chica Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 02:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We saw many of these colorful bugs on a bladder pod plant. What are they?
How you want your letter signed: Espressive
These colorful Harlequin Stink Bugs, Murgantia histrionica, are commonly found feeding on plants in the cabbage family, so you finding them on bladderpod piqued our curiosity. According to BugGuide: “hosts: primarily Brassicaceae (horseradish, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard, Brussels sprouts, turnip, kohlrabi, radish); may also attack tomato, potato, eggplant, okra, bean, asparagus, beet, weeds, fruit trees and field crops.“