Scentless Plant Bug (Harmostes spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Scentless Plant Bug.
Updated: 2/20/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Odorless, but conspicuous, Scentless Plant Bugs love everything about the plants most people consider weeds.
Scentless Plant Bugs are a small family of plant bugs that lack glands that can produce foul odors. They are True Bugs, not beetles. Many are green, brown or a mix of various colors. They can fly, but do not sting or bite. The hindlegs have thicker 'thighs' than the first four legs. Long, oblong bodies have short elytra (wing coverings). This allows the tips of the wings to be visible by the end of the abdomen. The top of the abdomen sports a triangle-shaped area. In many species, colors change as individuals mature.
Scentless Plant Bugs live and feed on weeds. One species feeds on boxelder bushes. Certain species are well-known, like Boxelder Bugs, but most could use more research into their life histories and habits. Look for various types of Scentless Plant Bugs on the leaves and flowers of weedy plants in fields and lots.