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

The nymph of a Helopeltis species was seen on the Indonesian Bay Leaf tree (Syzygium polyanthum).

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The tea mosquito bug is formerly known as Helopeltis theobroma. It has been extensively studied due to its threat to the agricultural crops such as cashew (Anacardium occidentale), cocoa (Theobroma cacao) and tea (Camellia sinensis). As a polyphagous pest, it has a wide range of host plants that include Siam Weed (Chromolaena odorata) [1], Golden Dew Drop (Duranta repens), Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina), White Mulberry (Morus alba) [2]. A look-alike species is Helopeltis antonii [3].


[1] Srikumar KK, Bhat PS. Biology of the tea mosquito bug (Helopeltis theivora Waterhouse) on Chromolaena odorata (L.) R.M. King & H. Rob. Chilean J Agricultural Research 2013;73(3):309-314. | Read article |

[2] Gogoi B, Choudhury K, Sharma M, Rahman A, Borthakur M. Studies on the host range of Helopeltis theivora. Two and a Bud 2012;59:31-34. | Read article |

[3] Asokan R, Rebijith KB, Srikumar KK, Bhat PS, Ramamurthy VV. Molecular identification and diversity of Helopeltis antonii and Helopeltis theivora (Hemiptera: Miridae) in India. Florida Entomologist 2012;95(2):350-358. | Read article |