Eurydema ventralis

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Eurydema ventralis
Pentatomidae - Eurydema ventralis.JPG
Eurydema ventralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
Family: Pentatomidae
Subfamily: Pentatominae
Genus: Eurydema
Species: Eurydema ventralis
Binomial name
Eurydema ventralis
Kolenati, 1846
Synonyms
  • Euridema ventrale (Kolenati, 1846)
  • Rubrodorsalium ventralis (Kolenati, 1846)

Eurydema ventralis is a species of shield bugs belonging to the family Pentatomidae, subfamily Pentatominae.

Description[edit]

Eurydema ventralis has a length of about 10 millimetres (0.39 in). It typically has a two-tone coloration, yellow or red with black markings. The body is flattened, the head is rounded and the cheeks are sinuous with narrow edges. When the adults come out from the last instar they are white or ivory with black spots. They slowly reach the final red coloration, at first becoming yellow, then orange and finally red. The specimens completely white and black are immature.

This species can damage the cultivations of crucifers (Brassicaceae family) and sometimes also of potatoes and cereals.

Life cycle[edit]

Mating pair

Adults overwinter, reappear in Spring and attack the cabbages. In the first half of April the phase mating begins, followed by the laying of eggs. At mid-May the nymphs hatch, reaching the maturity in June.

In Summer females lay the eggs of the second generation, this time both on crucifers and on other plants (rose, alfalfa). In July the eggs hatch and the larvae become mature in August. Adults of the second-generation return on crucifers and remain there until September. At the first cold days of the Autumn the adults take refuge in the winterly shelters.

Distribution[edit]

This species can be found in most of Europe.

Eurydema ventralis. Young adult

References[edit]

  • Rider D.A., 2004 - Family Pentatomidae - Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palaearctic Region
  • Antonio Servadei, Sergio Zangheri, Luigi Masutti. Entomologia generale ed applicata. Padova, CEDAM, 1972. Pagg. 325-326

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