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Spined stilt bugs are slender brown bugs about 1/2 inch in length when full grown. They have long thread-like legs and antennae. Nymphs are similar to the adults but are smaller, lighter in color, and wingless. Stilt bugs are commonly seen walking slowly over tobacco plants or flying about the field in search of prey. These important beneficials feed on hornworm and budworm eggs (and to some extent on aphids) and may have a major impact on reducing damage caused by these pests.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily: Lygaeoidea
Family: Berytidae
Subfamily: Metacanthinae
Tribe: Metacanthini
Genus: Jalysus
Subject: Jalysus wickhami Van Duzee, 1906


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Monday, January 1, 1990
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Friday, October 7, 2011