Helopeltis theivora
[Cocoa Mirid, Tea Mosquito Bug]
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Classification: | Phylum: Arthropoda | Class: Insecta | Order: Hemiptera | Family: Miridae | Genus: Helopeltis |

Nymphs of Helopeltis species:

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This bug has a distinctive large, spine like process on the scutellum. The male has a black pronotal area and a bluish abdomen while the female has a distinct orange pronotum in the thoracic region and a dirty whitish green or green abdomen [1].

Reference:

[1] Roy S, Muraleedharan N, Mukhapadhyay A, Handique G. The tea mosquito bug, Helopeltis theivora Waterhouse (Heteroptera: Miridae): its status, biology, ecology and management in tea plantations. Int J Pest Management 2015;61(3);179-197.