Bagrada hilaris

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Author(s): Ton Rulkens
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Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister, 1835) - (Bagrada bug, painted bug)

The bug is native to Asia, Africa and some parts of the Mediterranean where it feeds mainly on crucifers. It has been recorded from the south-western U.S.A. since 2008 and has spread to other countries on the continent. In the Americas it has become a serious economic problem on cruciferous vegetables. The feeding activities result on malformation and wilting. Yield losses often exceed 10%. The life cycle from egg to adult lasts around 1-2 months, it overwinters in the adult stage.

The bug forms aggregations of hundreds of insects. These aggregations can invade houses, become a nuisance, cause allergies and even bite humans (Faúndez, 2018).

For a review see Palumbo et al., 2016