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  • White-Margined Burrower Bug - (Sehirus cinctus)

    White-Margined Burrower Bug - (Sehirus cinctus)

    The White-Margined Burrower Bug spends time above ground and below, giving gardeners a chance to save their plant from their voracious appetites.

    Staff Writer (6/28/2016): The White-Margined Burrower Bug is black with a thin white border around its body. They are underground insects that feast on the roots of plants, draining them of their sap. If a large number of them attack a single plant, they could kill it. Adults of this species venture above ground quite a bit and may be seen on the host plant. Plants they prefer include Lamb's Ear, Mint and Nettles. This gives gardeners a chance to save the plant by controlling or removing the bugs. They seem to be attracted to lights. On a plant, they are fast moving and are usually part of a large group, giving the plant the appearance of having a small black cockroach infestation.

    Females will burrow under a plant and lay one to two hundred eggs. The mother remains with the eggs and gives the new hatchlings their first few days of food. After this, the young bugs will forage for themselves and mature into adulthood.

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    White-Margined Burrower Bug

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: White-Margined Burrower Bug
    Scientific Name: Sehirus cinctus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Cydnidae
           Genus: Sehirus
            Species: cinctus

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 7mm (0.16in to 0.28in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white

    Additional Descriptors: plant, harmful, flying, fast, infestation, roach

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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