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Minute pirate bugs

Anthocoridae family, especially Orius tristicolor, O. insidiosus

Aster leafhopper

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Aster leafhopper

John Ruberson, Kansas State University, Bugwood.org


Size: Up to 1/5 inch long

Description: Black bugs with white markings at the base of the front wings resulting in a band-like appearance across the body when wings are at rest.

Where/When: Found throughout the summer months and into fall on and around garden plants.

Significance: A predator of small insects and mites; they can be an important natural enemy of some pest insects. They sometimes bite people during the fall; however, they do not feed on blood or inject any saliva (they are just probing).

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