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Minute pirate bug


Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Anthocoridae

Adults are very similar in size to the mullein plant bug (Campylomma varbasci), but their head is narrower and their wings are colored contrasting white and black (A).

Note: These bugs are sensitive to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides.

Status

The larvae and adults, which can be abundant in orchards, are predators of aphids, mites, thrips, caterpillars and insect eggs; for example, Orius insidiosus (Say).

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