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Amblypelta nitida
(fruitspotting bug)

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Amblypelta nitida (fruitspotting bug)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Amblypelta nitida
  • Preferred Common Name
  • fruitspotting bug
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Adult and nymph on avocado fruit.
TitleAdult and nymph
CaptionAdult and nymph on avocado fruit.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Adult and nymph on avocado fruit.
Adult and nymphAdult and nymph on avocado fruit.Geoffrey K. Waite
Jellied kernel of immature macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
TitleDamage symptoms
CaptionJellied kernel of immature macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Jellied kernel of immature macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
Damage symptomsJellied kernel of immature macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.Geoffrey K. Waite
Damage to hard shell of macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
TitleDamage of macadamia
CaptionDamage to hard shell of macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Damage to hard shell of macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
Damage of macadamiaDamage to hard shell of macadamia nut caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.Geoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: typical Amblypelta damage to Fuerte avocado.
TitleDamage on avocado
CaptionA. nitida: typical Amblypelta damage to Fuerte avocado.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: typical Amblypelta damage to Fuerte avocado.
Damage on avocadoA. nitida: typical Amblypelta damage to Fuerte avocado. Geoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: blind stings of 'fruitspotting bug', A. nitida on Hass avocado.
TitleDamage on avocado
CaptionA. nitida: blind stings of 'fruitspotting bug', A. nitida on Hass avocado.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: blind stings of 'fruitspotting bug', A. nitida on Hass avocado.
Damage on avocadoA. nitida: blind stings of 'fruitspotting bug', A. nitida on Hass avocado.Geoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: damage symptoms on guava.
TitleDamage on guava
CaptionA. nitida: damage symptoms on guava.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: damage symptoms on guava.
Damage on guavaA. nitida: damage symptoms on guava.Geoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: lesion on litchi seed caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
TitleDamage on litchi
CaptionA. nitida: lesion on litchi seed caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
A. nitida: lesion on litchi seed caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.
Damage on litchiA. nitida: lesion on litchi seed caused by feeding of A. nitida and/or A. lutescens.Geoffrey K. Waite
Amblypelta sp. egg parasitised by Gryon sp. (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae).
TitleNatural enemy, Gryon sp.
CaptionAmblypelta sp. egg parasitised by Gryon sp. (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae).
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Amblypelta sp. egg parasitised by Gryon sp. (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae).
Natural enemy, Gryon sp.Amblypelta sp. egg parasitised by Gryon sp. (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae).Geoffrey K. Waite
Gryon sp. adult (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) emerging from ova of A. nitida.
TitleNatural enemy, Gryon sp.
CaptionGryon sp. adult (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) emerging from ova of A. nitida.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Gryon sp. adult (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) emerging from ova of A. nitida.
Natural enemy, Gryon sp.Gryon sp. adult (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) emerging from ova of A. nitida.Geoffrey K. Waite
Amblypelta sp. ova at various stages of development.
TitleEggs
CaptionAmblypelta sp. ova at various stages of development.
CopyrightGeoffrey K. Waite
Amblypelta sp. ova at various stages of development.
EggsAmblypelta sp. ova at various stages of development.Geoffrey K. Waite

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Amblypelta nitida Stål 1873

Preferred Common Name

  • fruitspotting bug

International Common Names

  • English: fruit spotting bug; fruit-spotting bug

EPPO code

  • AMBPNI (Amblypelta nitida)

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 nitida

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: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Oceania

AustraliaPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-New South WalesPresent, WidespreadDonaldson (1983); Waite and Huwer (1998)
-QueenslandPresent, WidespreadDonaldson (1983); Waite and Huwer (1998)

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / abnormal shape
Fruit / lesions: black or brown
Fruit / premature drop

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Gryon Parasite Eggs

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.

Brimblecombe AR, 1962. Descriptions of the life cycle stages of the fruit spotting bug Amblypelta nitida (Stsl) (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Journal of the Entomological Society of Queensland, 1:16-20.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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