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by Judith Myrick
on January 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM
I am fairly sure I have seen this bug here locally within the past 2 years. I cannot remember whether they were in my yard or someone else's. I think someone at work brought them to me for identification. I had never seen them before so I had them in a jar until I was able to identify them as harlequin bugs but the information I read did not sound any alarm about them.
by Eva Courtney
on January 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I had some last year on my collard greens, and I spotted a few this year. Soapy water got rid of them before an infestation.
by Andy Cannella
on January 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM
I had a serious infestation on turnips & radishes. The type  
I saw most closely fit the UC IPM websites photos of Murgantia histrionica. It is in the same Order (Hemiptera) and family (Pentatomidae) as the Bagrada hilaris. I removed the mulch in the bed as suggested on the UC IPM website and was able to control it somewhat. I will plant a few "trap" plants this spring to pick up any eggs that overwintered.
by JoBeth White
on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM
I had an infestation this summer on mustard, then they migrated to the vegetable garden and now I know they love nasturtiums (which I used for beneficial bugs) and found them this morning on a jalapeno pepper plant and they were causing damage to the pepper, mottling and die back of the plant. I've found them on other flowers such as alyssum. Have used insecticidal soap (Dr. Bronner Peppermint) with good success, but they can really take over quickly. Seems like they are very opportunistic.
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