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White-margined Burrower Bug (Sehirus cinctus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the White-margined Burrower Bug

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

Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The White-margined Burrower Bug is black with a thin white border around its body. It is an underground insect 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. Plants they prefer include lamb's ear, mint, and nettles. Adults of this species venture above ground quite a bit and may be seen on the host plant. This gives gardeners a chance to spot them and take measures to save the plant by controlling or removing the bugs. White-margined Burrower Bugs 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 tiny black cockroach infestation.

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

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: Cydnidae
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          Genus: Sehirus
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            Species: cinctus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Sehirus cinctus
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 7mm (0.15" to 0.27")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white
Descriptors: plant, harmful, flying, fast, infestation, roach, garden pest
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 4mm and 7mm
Lo: 4mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 7mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the White-margined Burrower 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 White-margined Burrower Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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