Submitted to: Southwestern Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 10, 2006
Publication Date: September 30, 2006
Citation: Ortega-Leon, G., Thomas, D.B., Gonzalez-Sorian, E. 2006. A description of the nymphal stages of the African cluster bug, Agonoscelis puberula stal. Southwestern Entomologist. 31:245-249.
Interpretive Summary: The African cluster bug is an invasive species now established in the southwestern United States and Mexico. In South Africa, it is reported as a nuisance in fruit orchards where it sometimes builds up enormous populations. A new host plant in the New World is Lions ear mint. The immature stages are, herein, described and illustrated to assist in its recognition.
The five immature stages of Agonoscelis puberula Stal are described and illustrated; biological notes and a new host plant, Leonotis nepetifolia (L.) are also recorded.