insidious flower bug

Orius (bug)

The genus Orius (commonly called minute pirate bug) consists of predatory bugs in the family Anthocoridae (pirate bugs). Adults are 2-5 mm long and feed mostly on spider mites and thrips.

These predators are common in gardens and landscapes. They have a fairly painful bite, but are not poisonous.

Some species are raised commercially and sold to growers as a form of biological control.


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