Harlequin Cabbage Bugs on bean leaves in my mom's garden in Sacramento, CA.
Suburban house vegetable garden.
The harlequin cabbage bug (Murgantia histrionica), also known as calico bug, fire bug or harlequin bug, is a black stinkbug of the family Pentatomidae, brilliantly marked with red, orange and yellow. It is destructive to cabbage and related plants in tropical America as well as throughout most of North America, especially the warmer parts of the United States. In addition to cabbage it can be a major pest to crops such as broccoli, radishes and the ornamental flower cleome. Nymphs are active during the summer and in the South the bug can achieve three generations a year. In the North there is only one generation annually and the insects overwinter as adults. Wikipedia
Lat: 38.49, Long: -121.38
Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 10, 2012