On Jul 24, 2011, GardenerinPotrero from POTRERO, CA wrote:
Thanks to your site I identified the Red Bug. Under OBS since about 14 June 2011. In and around the CA/MEX border mountain region 50 miles from the coast. Found living in an underground nest (Hive?). Come above ground at early morning after sunrise, hide during heat of day, (high temps around 95-110F), and back above ground as sun is setting, hide all night. Temperature sensitive, prolific breeder, all ages and sizes from same burrow. Gestation/hatching time not known, but since under OBS have had 5 (FIVE) batches of young appear. No diet OBS, but living near sparse wild alfalfa and many succulants under CA pepper trees. My winter coldness reaches +15F. I don't want to risk my plant collection, so I sprayed with Malathion and am active searching for other nests.
On Sep 12, 2010, sherman99 from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Has invaded southern calif and is spreading rapidly. they are a form of mediterranean seed bug. It is unk what damage they are doing and will do to native plant life. First noticed in Orange County in 2009. progress is being monitored by Peter Bryant of UCI. They are adapting and changing their host plants, mostly malva first year, this year have spread to other plant populations.