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Amblypelta lutescens
(banana spotting bug)

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Amblypelta lutescens (banana spotting bug)

Summary

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  • 10 December 2020
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Amblypelta lutescens
  • Preferred Common Name
  • banana spotting bug
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Amblypelta lutescens (banana spotting bug); Adult. Enoggera Reservoir, Queensland, Australia. February 2022.
TitleAdult
CaptionAmblypelta lutescens (banana spotting bug); Adult. Enoggera Reservoir, Queensland, Australia. February 2022.
Copyright©Martin Rady/via iNaturalist - CC BY 4.0
Amblypelta lutescens (banana spotting bug); Adult. Enoggera Reservoir, Queensland, Australia. February 2022.
AdultAmblypelta lutescens (banana spotting bug); Adult. Enoggera Reservoir, Queensland, Australia. February 2022.©Martin Rady/via iNaturalist - CC BY 4.0
A. lutescens: adult female and 4th instar nymph on avocado fruit.
TitleAdult female and nymph
CaptionA. lutescens: adult female and 4th instar nymph on avocado fruit.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
A. lutescens: adult female and 4th instar nymph on avocado fruit.
Adult female and nymphA. lutescens: adult female and 4th instar nymph on avocado fruit.Geoffrey K. Waite

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Amblypelta lutescens (Distant)

Preferred Common Name

  • banana spotting bug

Other Scientific Names

  • Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant)
  • Amblypelta nitida Chadwick
  • Amblypelta semifulva Blote
  • Dasynus lutescens
  • Pendulinus lutescens Distant

EPPO code

  • AMBPLU (Amblypelta lutescens)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Heteroptera
  •                             Family: Coreidae
  •                                 Genus: Amblypelta
  •                                     Species: Amblypelta lutescens

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 12 May 2022
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Oceania

AustraliaPresent, Localized
-Northern TerritoryPresent, Few occurrences
-QueenslandPresent
-Western AustraliaPresent, Few occurrencesOriginal citation: Smith, 1985
Papua New GuineaPresent, Localized

Growth Stages

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Fruiting stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / abnormal shape
Fruit / lesions: black or brown
Fruit / lesions: on pods
Fruit / premature drop
Growing point / dieback
Growing point / external feeding
Growing point / lesions
Seeds / lesions on seeds

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Anastatus Parasite Eggs
Gryon Parasite Eggs
Oecophylla smaragdina Predator Adults; Eggs; Arthropods|Nymphs
Ooencyrtus Parasite Eggs
Ooencyrtus caurus Parasite

Plant Trade

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Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Bark
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes
Flowers/Inflorescences/Cones/Calyx
Fruits (inc. pods)
Growing medium accompanying plants
Leaves
Roots
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches
True seeds (inc. grain)
Wood

References

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Aldrich JR; Waite GK; Moore C; Payne JA; Lusby WR; Kochansky JP, 1993. Male-specific volatiles from Nearctic and Australasian true bugs (Heteroptera: Coreidae and Alydidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 19:2767-2781.

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

Blöte HC, 1935. Catalogue of the Coreidae in the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie. Part II. Coreinae, first part. Zoological Magazine (Tokyo), 18:181-227.

Brown ES, 1958. Revision of the genus Amblypelta Stsl (Hemiptera:Coreidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 49:509-541.

Chadwick CE, 1949. Notes and exhibits. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New South Wales, 73:xlvi-xlvii.

Distant WL, 1911. Rhyncotal notes. LV. Australasian Coreidae and Berytidae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 7:576-578.

Donaldson JF, 1983. The Australian species of Amblypelta Stal (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 22(1):47-52

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

Fay HAC; Huwer RK, 1993. Egg parasitoids collected from Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in North Queensland. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 32(4):365-367

Ironside DA, 1978. Macadamia pests . . . fruit-spotting bug and banana-spotting bug. Queensland Agricultural Journal, 104(3):xiii-xvi

Kalshoven LGE; Laan PA van der (Reviser and translator), 1981. Pests of crops in Indonesia (revised). Jakarta, Indonesia: Ichtiar Baru, 701 pp.

Oswald S, 1990. Possibilities for the use of Ooencyrtus albicrus (Prinsloo) (Hym., Encyrtidae) in an integrated pest management approach against the coconut bug Pseudotheraptus wayi Brown (Hem., Coreidae) in Zanzibar. Journal of Applied Entomology, 110(2):198-202

Peng RenKang, Christian, K., Gibb, K., 2005. Ecology of the fruit spotting bug, Amblypelta lutescens lutescens Distant (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in cashew plantations, with particular reference to the potential for its biological control. Australian Journal of Entomology, 44(1), 45-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2005.00420.x

Peng RK; Christian K; Gibb K, 1997. Distribution of the green ant, Oecophylia smaragdina (F.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in relation to native vegetation and the insect pests in cashew plantations in Australia. International Journal of Pest Management, 43(3):203-211; 20 ref.

Phillips JS, 1941. A search for parasites of dasynine bugs in the Netherlands Indies. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London, 91:119-144.

Ryan, M. A., 1994. Damage to pawpaw trees by the banana-spotting bug, Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae), in North Queensland. International Journal of Pest Management, 40(3), 280-282. doi: 10.1080/09670879409371898

Smith ESC, 1985. New host records of Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in north-western Australia. Australian Entomological Magazine, 12(3/4):55-56

Stsl C, 1873. Enumeratio Hemipterorum. 3. Kongliga. svenska vetenskapsakademiens handlingar, 11:1-163.

Waite G; Fay H; Rogers J, 1993. Fruitspotting bug in north-eastern Australia. Workshop Report. Brisbane, Australia: Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management, 1-38.

Waite GK, 1990. Amblypelta spp. (Hemiptera: Coreidae) and green fruit drop in lychees. Tropical Pest Management, 36(4):353-355

Waite GK; Hood SA; Parker RJ, 1999. Studies on the ecology of fruitspotting bugs (Amblypelta spp.) (Heteroptera: Coreidae) and macadamia nutborer (Cryptophlebia ombrodelta) to improve their management in macadamias in Australia. In: Lee P, ed. Proceedings of the First International Macadamia Symposium in Africa, Nelspruit, South Africa. SAMAC Yearbook, 7:162-170.

Waite GK; Huwer RK, 1998. Host plants and their role in the ecology of the fruitspotting bugs Amblypelta nitida St+l and Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Australian Journal of Entomology, 37(4):340-349; 23 ref.

Waite GK; Petzl N, 1997. A search for egg parasites of Amblypelta spp. (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in south-east Queensland. Maroochy Research Station Report No. 7, 13-14.

Waite GK; Pinese B, 1991. Pests. In: Broadley RH, ed. Avocado Pests and Disorders. Queensland Department of Primary Industries Information Series, QI90013, 8-25.

Distribution References

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. In: Technical Document No. 135, Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

Astridge D P, 2006. Rambutan: Development of Integrated Pest Management. Insect Identification, Monitoring and Insecticide Evaluation (Publication No. 05/187, Project No. DAQ-274A)., Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. https://www.agrifutures.com.au/wp-content/uploads/publications/05-187.pdf

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Donaldson J F, 1983. The Australian species of Amblypelta Stal (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society. 22 (1), 47-52.

EPPO, 2022. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO. 1 pp. https://gd.eppo.int/

Huwer R, 1996. The developmental biology of Amblypelta lutescens lutescens Distant (Heteroptera: Coreidae) on selected tropical crops in Australia, with reference to environmentally compatible control methods. (Entwicklungsbiologie von Amblypelta lutescens lutescens Distant (Heteroptera: Coreidae) an ausgewählten tropischen Kulturen in Australien unter Berücksichtigung umweltverträglicher Bekämpfungsmethoden.). In: Entwicklungsbiologie von Amblypelta lutescens lutescens Distant (Heteroptera: Coreidae) an ausgewählten tropischen Kulturen in Australien unter Berücksichtigung umweltverträglicher Bekämpfungsmethoden. Giessen, Germany: Justus-Liebig-Universität, Fachbereich Veterinarmedizin. 186 pp.

Peng RenKang, Christian K, Gibb K, 2005. Ecology of the fruit spotting bug, Amblypelta lutescens lutescens Distant (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in cashew plantations, with particular reference to the potential for its biological control. Australian Journal of Entomology. 44 (1), 45-51. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2005.00420.x

Ryan M A, 1994. Damage to pawpaw trees by the banana-spotting bug, Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae), in North Queensland. International Journal of Pest Management. 40 (3), 280-282. DOI:10.1080/09670879409371898

Waite G K, Huwer R K, 1998. Host plants and their role in the ecology of the fruitspotting bugs Amblypelta nitida St?l and Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Australian Journal of Entomology. 37 (4), 340-349.

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