Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Helopeltis sp (Miridae), Mosquito Bug.

The mosquito bug, Helopeltis sp, despite looking like a mosquito with a weird pin-like protrusion from the centre of the thorax, is a genus of Mirid bugs. They are considered pests of crops such as cocoa, tea, cashew and cotton.

Helopeltis sp, nymph
Helopeltis sp (nymph)
Helopeltis sp (adult)

Helopeltis sp (adult)
Based on personal encounters, the nymph and adult appear to be found at higher land of the tropical rain forest. Occurrence of bugs: Menora Tunnel, Maxwell Hill, and Cameron Highlands, 2013.