Globe-mallow Plant Bug

 
Miridae on Sphaeralcia photo © by Mike Plagens

Several of these bugs were found on Desert Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcia ambigua) in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 6 April 2016. The actual length is about 2mm.

Miridae -- Plant Bug Family

This minute plant bug finds its living on new growth and developing flower buds of Desert Globe Mallow, a member of the Malvaceae. I was intrigued by the pale bumps on the forewings and pronotum because this produces a pattern that helps the insect camouflage against the foliage that is similarly textured. These insects in turn are food for spiders and assassins, which are, in turn, food for birds and lizards. The web is intricate where many players are small and would go unnoticed by most people.

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