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Harlequin Bug

Murgantia histrionica


Black, red, white and orange stink bug. This was deep in bushes so I couldn't get close or another angle. "Brightly patterned, distinctive; the amount of black varies considerably." - BugGuide


On Curly Dock in lagoon. "Native to Mexico and C. America, invasive in our area (first detected in TX, 1864) and now widely established across the US (ME-SD to FL-CA) but rarely found north of PA-CO" - BugGuide


Aka "Cabbage Harlequin, Calico Bug, Fire Bug, Terrapin Back. Greek histrio 'clown, jester' (refers to the color pattern). " - BugGuide

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Thanks Maria. This was one of those, hold the camera with arms fully extended to get a shot, series :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

great series!

Encinitas, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 16, 2012

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