Biology, host specificity, and descriptions of the immature stages of Lipostemmata major Ashlock and L. humeralis Berg (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae)
Baranowski, RM.; Bennett, FD.
Florida Entomologist 624: 383-389
ISSN/ISBN: 0015-4040 DOI: 10.2307/3493996
Salvinia molesta is a troublesome aquatic weed in many parts of the world. Lipostemmata humeralis Berg and L. major Ashlock, which are recorded for the first time in Trinidad, were known to be injurious to S. auriculata in the laboratory, and these lygaeids were therefore investigated in the laboratory in Trinidad and Florida as possible biological control agents of S. molesta. Information is given on their distribution and biology, and the eggs and nymphs are described.