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Bronze Orange Bug Control in Your Garden

Hemiptera : Tessaratomidae

Bronze Orange Bug (Musgraveia sulciventris) is a native insect that may occur on citrus trees in home gardens. It was once limited to coastal SE Queensland and northern NSW, but has now spread to the far south coast of NSW near Bega, as well as some inland citrus growing areas of Queensland and NSW.

The native food plants of Bronze Orange Bug include finger lime (Citrus australasica) and desert lime (Citrus glauca), and over time the bug has adapted to feed on most varieties of cultivated citrus.

Bronze Orange Bugs are notorious for their chemical defence system, and their colonies have a strong, unpleasant smell. They are one of several bugs that may be called ‘stink bugs’.

Image above: Adult Bronze Orange Bug (image courtesy of Elise Dando)

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