White-Margined Burrower Bug (Sehirus cinctus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the White-Margined Burrower Bug.
Updated: 6/28/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The White-Margined Burrower Bug spends time above ground and below, giving gardeners a chance to save their plant from their voracious appetites.
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.