Subject: Bug ID
Location: North Carolina (Durham)
September 28, 2012 6:41 pm
Help! These guys lay multiple deep red almost black eggs on budding flower bushes and seem to consume the flowers prior to them opening. Are they ruining my large flower bush? It is similar to a hibiscus. How can I control these? They seemed resistant to a natural pesticide or permethrin
Signature: Dr R

Scentless Plant Bug:  Niesthrea louisianica

Dear Dr R,
This is
Niesthrea louisianica, a Scentless Plant Bug without a common name.  They feed on the flowers and seeds of Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon and other members of the Mallow family, and to the best of our knowledge, they do not do any permanent damage to the plants.  We do not provide extermination advice.

Scentless Plant Bug

Location: North Carolina

One Response to Scentless Plant Bug: Niesthrea louisianica

  1. Elias Robles says:

    I live inGrand Prairie Tx in Dallas county.. I have these insects on my peri annual hibiscus. Can you advise me on the best course of act to rid my yard of this critter

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