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  Bronze Orange Bug (Musgraveia sulciventris)





Bronze Orange Bug | Musgraveia sulciventris photo
Bronze Orange Bugs mating

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Bronze Orange Bug | Musgraveia sulciventris photo
Bronze Orange Bug nymph. The baby bugs are bright green.

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BRONZE ORANGE BUG FACTS

Identification
Bronze Orange Bugs are large bugs with broad thick bodies. They are a brownish maroon colour with triangular shield shaped plate on the back. The head looks disproportionately small with orange antennae. The legs have orange joints. Bronze Orange Bugs can be found in large numbers on citrus plants.

Size
25mm

Food
they suck sap from young tips of citrus plants. It is a pest of cultivated citrus.

Breeding
After mating the females lay eggs on underside of a leaf. The eggs are about 2.5mm diameter and are bright green in colour. the eggs hatch into bright green nymphs about 5mm long. As the nymphs develop they become orange with a central black spot.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Tessaratomidae
Genus:Musgraveia
Species:sulciventris
Common Name:Bronze Orange Bug