A second species of stilt bug widespread in our area, Jalysus spinosus, is extra of a specialist, feeding and breeding totally on grasses within the genus Panicum. Ah, however like many people, whereas the vegan weight-reduction plan could also be a wholesome one, every so often slightly meat doesn’t harm, and stilt bugs will be vital predators of insect pests, consuming eggs of hornworms, aphids and different small soft-bodied pests in a wide range of crops. Nymphs and adults of J. wickhami have been raised and launched in tobacco fields to reinforce actions of predatory bugs already current within the crop. Along with the 2 Jalysus species talked about above, the Maryland Variety Venture lists Berytinus minor and Neoneides muticus as residents of our area. So, subsequent time you go to your gardens and flower beds, maintain a pointy eye out for these attention-grabbing tiny omnivores with unusually lengthy legs.
Bug of the Week thanks Dr. Shrewsbury for her picture of a stilt bug. Particulars of the life historical past and ecology of stilt bugs have been extracted from these attention-grabbing references: “Jalysus spinosus and J. wickhami: Taxonomic Clarification, Evaluation of Host Crops and Distribution, and Keys to Adults and fifth Instars” by A. G. Wheeler and Thomas Henry, “Spined Stilt Bug” by Michael Skvarla, and “Spined Stilt Bug in Tobacco” by Peter Nelson and Hannah Burrack.