First report of Brachyplatys subaeneus (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the United States

  • Joseph E. Eger, Jr.
  • Adam J. Pitcher
  • Susan E. Halbert
  • Cory Penca
  • Amanda C. Hodges
Keywords: Adventive species, invasive species, Florida, iNaturalist, photo-sharing, host plants


Brachyplatys subaeneus (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Plataspidae), is reported from Miami Beach, FL, the first report from the United States. It was noticed first on a photo-sharing site (iNaturalist) providing an example of the importance of these sites for helping to track introduced species. Information on distribution, host plants and potential spread are provided along with photos and taxonomic characters to assist with identification of this recently introduced species.