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Subject: Florida reports the first North American records of a potential peanut pest Dieuches armatipes Walker
Date posted: February 17, 2005
Source: Florida Entomologist

A large seed bug, Dieuches armatipes Walker, was recorded in several Florida counties (Alachua, Levy, Polk, Highlands, St. Lucie, Henry, and Palm Beach).  Native to Africa, D. armatipes feeds on peanuts during the harvesting process by piercing the pod and feeding on the oils, thereby causing the seed to shrivel and reducing germination rates.  This species also feeds on a large variety of ground seeds, and has been observed feeding on seeds of weed species.


For more information, read the full story:

Brambila, J. and S. Halbert.  2004.  First Records for Dieuches armatipes (Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae) in North America.  Fl. Entom. 87(4): 593-596.

Available online at: http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe874.htm