Agonoscelis rutila

Horehound Bug

Other classification: Pentatominae, Pentatomidae

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Sighting on BowerBird: 21380

Observation on iNaturalist: 28924583

Collected on: 2014-09-27

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Agonoscelis rutila is the single Australian species in the genera. It is usually found on horehound, where it overwinters. The eggs act as parasitoid reservoir for parasitoids of the pest species Nezara viridula. The bugs pictured are on basil, also in the family Lamiaceae. Although occurring in large numbers they do not appear to damage the plant.

Picture supplied by Paul Klerkx.