Monday, May 19, 2008
Although I couldn't find confirmation these white-crossed seed bugs of the species Neacoryphus bicrucis range into California, it's hard to believe these aren't those. They look like 'em (but differences among bugs can be subtle) and they feed and breed like 'em: Food plant is said to be ragwort, no scientific name given, and they mate on ragwort, too. The plant genus senecio is synonymous with ragwort; here the bugs are seen mating and just hanging out (preparing to feed, maybe?) on my senecio cineraria, also known as dusty miller in my locale and others call silver ragwort. This plant is commonly grown as an ornamental bedding plant around here, often removed before it has a chance to grow flower spikes and clusters of small yellow daisies.