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 Family: Coreidae (tip wilters)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Paraneoptera > Condylognatha > Hemiptera (bugs) > Heteroptera > Pentatomomorpha > Coreoidea

Tip wilters are so called because they suck out the plant juices just below the tip of a new branch causing it to droop and wilt soon afterwards. Anoplocnemis curvipes is the most common pest species in South Africa attacking many crop plants as well as garden ornamentals and vegetables.

Anoplocnemis curvipes

Tip wilter bug Anoplocnemis curvipes sucking juice from Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Pendulinus hasticornis

Tip wilter bug Anoplocnemis curvipes sucking juice from a Rhus branch at Kirstenbosch [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Pendulinus hasticornis, near Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]