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New on Featured Creatures! The rice bug

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Broad-headed bugs belong to the family Alydidae, a well-known but relatively small family of plant-feeding true bugs. These bugs are usually seen feeding on the foliage and flowers of leguminous and graminaceous crops. Leptocorisa acuta (Thunberg) can be found on many crop plants in the family Poaceae (grasses), especially rice, and is a reported pest of economic significance in rice-producing countries like India, Australia, and China (Schaefer and Panizzi 2000).


Figure 1. An adult rice bug, Leptocorisa acuta (Thunburg). Lary E. Reeves, University of Florida.

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Authors:  Amelio Chi Serrano, Russell F. Mizell, III, and Morgan A. Byron, University of Florida.
Photograph: Lary E. Reeves, University of Florida.