Lime seed bug, these insects of about 5 mm are native to the countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
Lime seed bug (Oxycarenus lavaterae) – a species belonging to the family of seed bugs (Lygaeidae). These bugs, about 5 mm in size, are native to the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. As of 2008, they have also been spotted in more northern regions like the Benelux countries, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. The bugs have distinctive triangular color patches of red, white and black.
They hibernate mainly on lime trees and tolerate light frosts. In countries where the Lime seed bug is common, they also hibernate on poplar, sycamore and horse chestnut. Lime trees can sometimes be covered with thousands of Lime seed bugs.
Lime seed bugs live on the chlorophyl of mallows (Malvaceae): lavatera, althea, hibiscus and malva.
Usually, control is not necessary.
Does not apply.