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Scentless Plant Bug (Harmostes spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Scentless Plant Bug

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Odorless, but conspicuous, Scentless Plant Bugs love everything about the kinds of plants that most people consider weeds.

Updated: 01/05/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 they 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 transparent wings to be visible near 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 of Scentless Plant Bugs are well-known, like Boxelder Bugs, but most of these insects 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.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Rhopalidae
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          Genus: Harmostes
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            Species: spp.

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Harmostes spp.
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 10mm (0.27" to 0.39")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; red; brown
Descriptors: triangle; legs; antennae; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 7mm (0.3in) and 10mm (0.4in)
Lo: 7mm
Md: 8.5mm
Hi: 10mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Scentless Plant Bug may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Scentless Plant Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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