Agonoscelis

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Agonoscelis
Agonoscelis erosa, volwassene, Klapperkop Natuurreservaat.jpg
A. erosa in South Africa
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Agonoscelis

Spinola, 1837

Agonoscelis is a genus of stink bugs that are native to the Afrotropics and Australia, but one species is established in the New World. Some species are minor[1] or considerable pests.[2]

They have five nymphal stages, and are 8 to 12 mm long as adults. They attack (or control) weeds and herbs including horehound, thyme, flax and cotton, or the developing seeds of sunflowers or cereals like millet or sorghum.[3] They may swarm on a variety of other shrubs and trees, including coffee and cacao.[2] The scent gland is located at the end of the abdomen.

Species[edit]

There are some 19 to 22 species, which include:[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weaving, Alan; et al. (2004). Field guide to insects of South Africa (New ed., updated ed.). Cape Town: Struik. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-77007-061-5.
  2. ^ a b "Agonoscelis puberula". tsusinvasives.org. Texas Invasive Species Institute. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ Slater, Randall T. Schuh, James A. (1996). True bugs of the world (Hemiptera:Heteroptera): classification and natural history (2. printing. ed.). Ithaca [u.a.]: Comstock. p. 35. ISBN 0801420660.
  4. ^ "Agonoscelis Spinola, 1837". biolib.cz. Biolib. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ compiled; SA, edited by Derwent Publications Ltd with the assistance of CIBA-GEIGY (1990). Thesaurus of agricultural organisms: pests, weeds and diseases (1st ed.). London: Chapman and Hall. p. 26. ISBN 0412372908.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)