Submitted to: Southwestern Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/10/2006
Publication Date: 9/30/2006
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.
Technical Abstract: 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.