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The African Cluster Bug, Agonoscelis puberula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), Established in the New World

Donald B. Thomas, Joseph E. Eger, Walker Jones and Guillermina Ortega-Leon
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 86, No. 2 (Jun., 2003), pp. 151-153
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3496275
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The African Cluster Bug, Agonoscelis puberula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), Established in the New World
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Abstract

An African species of Pentatomidae, Agonoscelis puberula Stål, is reported for the first time from Mexico, the southern United States and the islands of Jamaica and Hispaniola, where it has now established. The oldest Western Hemisphere record dates from 1985. This species has gone unrecognized probably because of its close resemblance to species of the New World genus Trichopepla Stål. The primary host plant of A. puberula is the introduced weed, common horehound, Marrubium vulgare L. It has also been reported damaging winter fruits in South Africa. /// Una especie Africana de Pentatomini, Agonoscelis puberula Stål, es reportada por primera vez para México, sur de Estados Unidos y las islas de Jamaica y Española, en donde se ha establecido. Los registros en el hemisferio oeste más antiguos son de 1985. Esta especie no había sido reconocida probablemente por su gran parecido a las especies del género del Nuevo Mundo Trichopepla Stål. La planta hospedera primaria de A. puberula es la hierba conocida como marrubio, Marrubium vulgare L. También ha sido reportada dañando frutos de invierno en Sudáfrica.

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