Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hemiptera attack!

The Cotton Stainer (Dysdercus suturellus) is an attractive looking "true bug," but not on my hibiscus! 
A major pest to cotton production in Florida during the 20th century, it is now considered a "minor" pest to malvaceous plants (mallow family).
Once infamous here in SW Florida.....it even has a small preserve named after it in Sarasota!
Red Bug Slough

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