(Heteroptera, Scutelleridae). Pachycoris klugii (Burmeister 1835) is a common species in Mexico and Central America that in the past has been misidentified as P. torridus (Scopoli). It is an aposematic species that is brightly colored, with metallic green, and yellow, orange, or red spots. Extensive variation was observed in the color pattern of adults.
Their host plant is Cnidoscoulus multilobus (Euphorbiaceae) which is also known as “Bad woman” It is frequently found in clearings in mountain cloud forests or high jungles.
There have been several reports of maternal care in Heteroptera (Tallamy & Schaefer 1997), according to Wilson (1979) it corresponds to a subsocial behavior in which the parent offers shelter with its body, carries the nymphs around on its back or venter, or simply stands close by. Maternal behavior was related to egg parasitism, habitat and host plant phenology.
Lat: 21.14, Long: -98.39
Spotted on May 10, 2008
Submitted on Nov 12, 2014
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