|Nymphs on a squash plant|
(De Geer), 1773
Anasa tristis of the family Coreidae is a major pest of squash and pumpkins, and is a vector of the cucurbit yellow vine disease (CYVD) bacterium. These bugs can emit an unpleasant odor when disturbed.
This is the "squash bug" of North America, but properly it is known as orange-tipped leaf-footed bug, since "squash bug" is a name applied to any common Coreidae species that include Cucurbita among their host plants. In Europe, for example, the dock bug (Coreus marginatus) is "the" squash bug.
- Arnold, 2001
- True Bugs
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