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Research Project: Insect Ecology and Sustainable Systems for Insect Pest Management in the Southeastern Region

Location: Crop Protection and Management Research

Title: First record of Sesbania punicea (Fabales: Fabaceae) as a host plant for Chinavia hilaris (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Author
item Tillman, Patricia - Glynn

Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2015
Publication Date: 9/1/2015
Citation: Tillman, P.G. 2015. First record of Sesbania punicea (Fabales: Fabaceae) as a host plant for Chinavia hilaris (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Florida Entomologist. 98:989-990.

Interpretive Summary: The green stink bug is an economic pest of cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L. Numerous known non-crop hosts of the green stink bug that exist in field edges bordering cotton are sources of this stink bug in this crop. Therefore, this study was conducted determine if rattlebox, a leguminous shrub, served as a host plant for this stink bug. Green stink bug adults and nymphs fed on fruit of this plant, and nymphs developed on the plant. Green stink bugs eggs were parasitized by three egg parasite species. This is the first record of rattlebox as a host for this stink bug.

Technical Abstract: The green stink bug, Chinavia hilaris (Say) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is an economic pest of cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L. Numerous known non-crop hosts of C. hilaris that exist in field edges bordering cotton are sources of this stink bug in this crop. Sesbania punicea plants in a field border surrounding a cotton field were sampled for Chinavia hilaris to determine if this leguminous shrub served as a host for this stink bug. Chinavia hilaris adults and nymphs fed on fruit of this plant, and nymphs developed on the plant. Each of the three egg masses detected on plants were parasitized by Trissolcus edessae (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) and two were parasitized by Ooencyrtus sp. (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) and Anastatus sp. males (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae). This is the first record of Sesbania punicea as a host for this stink bug.