Harlequin Bugs

//Harlequin Bugs

These look like harlequin bug nymphs (immature bugs). Their scientific name is Murgantia histrionica. They are “true bugs” in the group called Stink Bugs. They can attack a variety of food plants/crops (all plant parts except roots) and ornamentals and can be very damaging in large numbers. Their true preference is plants in the brassica / mustard family. They are sap sucking insects (not chewing) so they make white spots on the leaves rather than holes or other chewed parts. Hand removal is effective; you can also use insecticides, but be sure to use something safe for edibles. Here’s a web link with more info:

By | 2016-03-17T04:26:42-07:00 March 17th, 2016|Plant Pests|1 Comment

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  1. Zea Sofia August 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Can humans eat them?

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