Harlequin Cabbage Bug

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Harlequin Cabbage Bugs are known by several different common names: Calico bugs, fire bugs or simply a black stinkbug. They are common in warmer areas of the country, such as Texas. They can reproduce as many as six generations in one year! They are major pests of crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage, radishes and the flower cleome.

The nymphs are active in summer and the adults overwinter in our area. They cause a lot of damage to their target plants by puncturing the plants stems, leaves and seed pods with their needle like mouthparts to suck out the liquids. While stinkbugs are primarily garden pests, they can move into your home during winter months looking for protection.