Phyllomorpha laciniata

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Phyllomorpha laciniata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Superfamily: Coreoidea
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Phyllomorpha
Species: P. laciniata
Binomial name
Phyllomorpha laciniata
(Villers, 1789)
  • Cimex laciniatus Villers, 1789
  • Coreus hystrix Latreille, 1817
  • Coreus gallicus Germar, 1822
  • Aradus muricatus Jaeger, 1827
  • Coreus histrix Gray, 1832
  • Phyllomorpha algerica Guérin-Méneville, 1839
  • Phyllomorpha algirica Guérin-Méneville, 1839
  • Phyllomorpha erinaceus Herrich-Schäffer, 1842
  • Coreus erinaceus Germar, 1847
  • Phyllomorpha laciniata brevispina Wagner, 1955
  • Phyllomorpha laciniata montandon Zange, 2005

Phyllomorpha laciniata (the golden egg bug) is a species of coreid bug, and one of only two members of the genus Phyllomorpha. They are specific to the host plant Paronychia argentea.[1] It is noted for its habit of laying its eggs on other members of its species, who act as mobile nests (oviposition substrate). These co-opted egg carriers provide more protection for the eggs than laying them at static locations on plant leaves or stems.[1][2] While Phyllomorpha laciniata females can and do lay eggs on their host plant, the availability of suitable egg carriers seems to stimulate the deposition of mature eggs.[3]


  1. ^ a b Reguera, Piedad & Gomendio, Montserrat (1999). "Predation costs associated with parental care in the golden egg bug Phyllomorpha laciniata (Heteroptera: Coreidae)". Behavioral Ecology. 10 (5): 541–544. doi:10.1093/beheco/10.5.541. 
  2. ^ Carrasco, David & Kaitala, Arja (2009). "Egg‐laying tactic in Phyllomorpha laciniata in the presence of parasitoids". Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 131 (3): 300–307. doi:10.1111/j.1570-7458.2009.00857.x. 
  3. ^ Kaitala, Arja & Smith, Robert L. (2002). "Do golden egg bugs Phyllomorpha laciniata: Heteroptera, Coreidae require conspecifics for oviposition?". Journal of Insect Behavior. 15 (2): 171–180. 

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