0240. Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug Injuring Ornamental Florida Swampprivet, Forestiera segregata (Oleaceae), in South Florida


  • Thomas J. Henry
  • Doug L. Caldwell
  • Susan E. Halbert


The mirine plant bug Tropidosteptes forestierae, new species (Hemiptera: Miridae) is described from Collier County, Florida, where it was found causing serious injury to an extensive ornamental hedge of Florida swampprivet, Forestiera segregata (Jacq.) Krug and Urb. (Oleaceae). Adult male and female, fifth instar, and egg are described. Color images of the adults, nymph, egg, and injury; scanning photomicrographs of selected adult structures; and illustrations of male genitalia are provided. A key to help distinguish the 16 species of Tropidosteptes known to occur in the southeastern United States is given.