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Cotton Stainer

Dysdercus suturellus


most common in southern Florida and in Cuba. nymphs and adults feed on seeds in developing cotton bolls; other hosts include oranges, tangerines, okra pods, ripe papaya fruit, pods and blossoms of oleander, seed pods of Jamaica sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa), tree hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus), Turk's cap, teaweed (Sida sp.), Caesar's weed or Spanish cocklebur (Urena lobata), Spanish needle (Bidens pilosa), seaside mahoe or portiatree (Thespesia populnea), rose buds and blossoms, eggplant, nightshade, and guava.


There were a few adults and some nymphs on this plant.

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Florida, United States

Spotted on Jan 15, 2022
Submitted on Jan 17, 2022

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