Millets and Maize | Calocoris angustatus
Calocoris angustatus Lethierry, 1893; Common Name: Head bug, earhead bug
Taxonomy Information
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Superfamily
Cimicoidea
Family
Miridae
Subfamily
Mirinae
Genus
Calocoris
Species
angustatus
Author
Lethierry, 1893
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Field Identification

Adult male is green in colour, while female is green with a brown margin. Eggs are blue cigar shaped, laid under the glumes or into the middle of florets. Nymphs are slender green in colour.

Damage

Nymphs and adult suck the juice from within the grains when they are in the milky stage, grains shrink and turn black in colour and ill filled (or) chaffy and presence of large number of nymphs and adults are seen on the ear head.

Key Natural Enemies

Assassin bugs and lygaeid bugs prey on ear head bugs.

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