The ubiquitous Dirt-Colored Seed Bug camouflages itself well among its food source, escaping the attention and interest of most people.
As their name suggests, Dirt-Colored Seed Bugs are dark brown, like soil. Eyltra (wing coverings) may look almost bronze in color. Some genera have brown and yellowish bands on their legs. Large, red bulging eyes are fixed on the sides of the head, which comes to a point at the mouth. Younger nymphs may be a lighter color.
Despite blending in well on the ground, slender Dirt-Colored Seed Bugs can be seen visiting flowers. Their diet is comprised of seeds, which are stored at the base of fertilized flowers. For each seed eaten, the plant's ability to reproduce diminishes, however, Dirt-Colored Seed Bugs are not considered a significant threat to plant health or populations.
Scientific Name: Froschneria spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 8mm (0.20in to 0.31in)
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