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Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Update on the spread of the cotton seed bug, Oxycarenus hyalinipennis
Date posted: 05/25/2010
Contact: Not available
The first U.S. record of the cotton seed bug was reported from Puerto Rico in January 2010 (http://pestalert.org/oprDetail.cfm?oprID=419). In March 2010, it was found on Stock Island, Florida (an island in the lower Florida Keys immediately east of Key West) on wild cotton (Gossypium sp.). This detection was an isolated incident. Additionally, during early April 2010, surveys detected O. hyalipennis on cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) on the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. In addition to cotton, hosts include the following genera: Abutilon, Cola, Eriodendron, Malva, Sphaeralcea, Hibiscus, Pavonia, Sida, Dombeya, Sterculia, and Triumfetta.
 
Under IPPC Standards, Oxycarenus hyalinipennis is considered to be a pest that is transient: actionable, under eradication in Stock Island, Florida; and present: only in some areas in St. Croix and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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