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Thaumastocoris peregrinus
Author(s): Valter Jacinto
Source: flickr


This small family of plant-sucking bugs is native to the Americas, India and Australia. It contains several pest species that feed on palms and other forest and plantation trees. The family is sometimes called "royal palm bugs". The adult are 2-4 mm long.

The bronze bug (Thaumastocoris peregrinus) is the most important member of this family, causing considerable damage to eucalypt plantations in various regions. It is native in Australia but has invaded countries in South America, southern Europe and Africa.

The following species are currently entered in the system: