Harlequin Stink Bug
( Murgantia histrionica )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Murgantia histrionica
(Hahn, 1834)
Common Name:Harlequin Stink Bug
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Pentatomidae
Subfamily:Pentatominae
Tribe:Pentatomini
Genus:Murgantia
Taxon Code:HET00347

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Black Diamond Mines Regional Pre, 5175 Somersville Rd., Antioch
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB060700
Park/Forest:Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

RECOGNITION
Brightly patterned, distinctive; the amount of black varies considerably.
Body Length
7.5-11.5 mm

BIOLOGY
Host
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.
Active Period
Mostly: April through October.
Development
Eggs look like white barrels with two black hoops around; adults overwinter. The life cycle takes 50-80 days.
Range
Native to Mexico and Central America. Invasive in our area (first detected in TX, 1864) and now widely established across the US (ME-SD to FL-CA) but rarely found north of PA-CO; the northern limits of the established range fluctuate markedly depending on winter severity; migrates northward during spring and summer.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Jared Heifetz

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